• The Rule of Three

    Updated: 2013-01-26 17:40:12
    Henry James’s fictional dictum was “Select, contemplate, render”: Select the detail, contemplate how best to use it, render it—dramatize it in motion or significance. One detail, if exquisitely chosen, may serve to bring the breath of life. Or two. Four or more details often means the author has not selected well enough. These tips came [...]

  • A Roomful of Details

    Updated: 2013-01-26 17:29:31
    Imagine a room you spent a lot of time in as a child. It could be your bedroom, the family room in the old house, the bright kitchen where your grandmother kneaded dough with her strong hands. Transport yourself back into that room and “brainstorm” a quick but specific list of everything you see. Brainstorming, [...]

  • Pattern in Character

    Updated: 2013-01-26 07:48:07
    The following suggestions are guidelines for developing your major characters so that they mesh properly in the patterns of action and plot. This mesh, or weave, if you will, is your goal as an author: a sort of writer’s trinity, three-in-one. Character-action-plot. Develop the character’s emotions so they are consistent with his or her character.From [...]

  • How do I find beta readers for my work?

    Updated: 2013-01-18 00:23:57
    I’ve heard from a couple of people recently who want someone to read their work before they send it out. This makes sense – you want your book to be as good as you can make it before you send it to an agent, and if you’re self-publishing I’d say that you need to use [...]

  • Writing for well being - introduction to theraputic writing course at Falmouth

    Updated: 2013-01-15 14:06:14
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  • 2013 – your free writing year planner

    Updated: 2013-01-04 16:28:53
    January 4th, I’d say that’s not too bad for a chronic procrastinator to produce an annual review and planner! This is my free gift to you. Use it and abuse it however you wish. It’s a guide to a 4-step process to plan your goals and set you on the right path to achieving them in [...]

  • Writing video diary: hello 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-03 23:08:27
    A week or two ago I recorded a video diary entry. It was inspired by the BBC’s Imagine series, the one with Ian Rankin where he documents a year in his writing life. I just thought I’d quite like to be able to look back in a year and see my creative progress, and that [...]

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