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Why a Sad Ending Might Be Good For Your Book

[WARNING: This article contains spoilers for a selection of famous novels.] Throughout our lifetime, almost every one of us will read at least one book that changes us. A book with characters so life-like, so relatable, that you don’t want the story to end. And if you’re deeply connected to these characters, a sad ending [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|10 Comments

How to Write a Memorable Beginning

When you lift the curtains on your story and welcome readers into your exciting new world, there are multiple challenges you must overcome in those initial moments. First, there’s the challenge of creating a strong first page – an instantly gripping opener that convinces the reader that yes, this seems like a journey well worth [...]

By | May 14th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

The Basics of Writing for Comedy

Comedy… why do we like it so much? What makes it different from other genres? And how can you add some funny scenes into your story to provide a bit of light relief? Briefly, comedy is what makes people laugh – but it’s also treacherously subjective. Home videos of people falling off trampolines can have [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|0 Comments

7 Tips for Time Travel: How to Write a Historical Novel

Oft-quoted advice for writers is to write what you know. But what if you want to write about medieval Europe during the Black Death? Do you have to invent a time machine and pop back through the centuries with a backup supply of modern antibiotics? That might take a while – and possibly break some [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments

Productive Research for Writers

As you may well know, just because you’re writing fiction, it doesn’t mean you make up absolutely everything. Successful fiction usually comes from the art of weaving reality with imagination. A good writer lures readers in with imaginative details, but makes them stay with believable plots and people – and a single content or contextual [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

How Suspense is Different in Cinema and Literature

Everybody loves to watch a good movie. The action, the characters, the setting, the special effects – they all come together in their own way to present this absorbing, extraordinary world in which everything seems possible. Like literature, most movies are designed to offer us important life lessons and to mimic and reflect on real-life [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment