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Getting a Head Start: How to Write a Book Outline

When the subject of discussion wanders onto how to write a book outline, writers can be quite divided on the matter – when, how, where or even if to use them. Whether or not you felt your eye twitch a little upon reading the title of this article might be an indicator of where your [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

6 Tips for Conjuring Quick Novel Ideas

The nights are drawing in, Christmas is just on the horizon (don’t remind us!) and writers across the world are gearing up for a marathon. That’s right – NaNoWriMo will soon be upon us! October’s the month during which many NaNo participants think about planning their story for the upcoming, keyboard-shredding insanity... so you brew [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|The Craft of Writing|1 Comment

Points of View: Writing in Third Person Perspective

The third person point of view is one of the oldest, and most common, forms of storytelling. Unlike first and second person, the reader is immersed in the story whilst remaining totally independent of any one character’s thoughts, feelings and experiences – free to roam around, privy to any information the author chooses to disclose. [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

Points of View: Writing in Second Person Perspective

Writing in the second person is extremely unusual in fiction, but not unheard of. Unlike the widely-used first and third person perspectives, the second person is trickier to get right, and more suited for certain niches as well as technical and professional documents. The hallmark of the second person perspective is the primary use of [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|9 Comments

Points of View: Writing in First Person Perspective

Writing from a first person perspective plants your readers directly in the story – they can immediately access the voice and inner thoughts of a main character, straight from the horse’s mouth. As the hallmarks of a first person perspective, using ‘I’ and ‘my’ makes it easier for the reader to experience the proceedings as [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|14 Comments

6 Non-Fishy Ways to Plant Red Herrings in Your Story

One of the most important and entertaining parts of any mystery novel is when the reader is led astray by clues sprinkled throughout the story, ensuring the climax is truly surprising. A ‘red herring’ is an idiom that describes a logical fallacy whereby the reader is distracted by seemingly plausible, though ultimately irrelevant, diversionary tactics. [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|2 Comments