I aced my 2020 NaNoWriMo. Here’s how.
Earlier tonight, Boris Johnson announced that the UK would be going to a second national lockdown. I know people across the country will be devastated – friends included – but I’ve been feeling a resigned calm. Here we go again. For a lot of… Continue Reading “Why 2020’s NaNoWriMo Will Be Different”
Non-linear narratives can be super engaging and fun, but are prone to problems that kill their good qualities. So when should a story be told in a non-linear way?
I embody my worst fear as a writer. If I’m abandoning books, other people are too. But why?
Video games are great for teaching us essential writing techniques and nowhere is that more clear than in how a game sets up its story.
Whenever I buy a book, I look at the blurb first. Point is – they matter. So, please, can you stop with the spoilers?
Anyone who has read a book knows what a chapter is – a break in the flow of text that makes up a novel. A handy place for a reader to decide whether to stick in a bookmark, fold the corner of the page,… Continue Reading “An Important Difference Between Chapters & Scenes In Books”
The first chapter of Tim Bowler’s Frozen Fire is pretty good, and with an opening line like “I’m dying.” it’s hard not to be. That’s right, it’s time for another opening scene breakdown.
How to resist editing before you’ve finished your first draft, and immediately after.
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. What makes the first chapter work?