Dilemma (An everyday tale of Countryside Murder)

I open the garage. What is that? Squealing. Excruciating, murderous squealing. It certainly doesn’t sound like one of the sheep in distress. Even less like any bird I have ever heard. I trace the spine-chilling caterwauling. It’s coming from the meadow. I peer over...

Descriptive Writing

There are 3 main uses for descriptive writing: To write about a person a place an object A technique which creates a picture in words Three authors who I consider use particularly effective descriptions in their writing are: Alexander McCall Smith.  Try No 1...

Do I need to Copyright my Stories?

Once you have crafted your story, how can you protect it from being copied and reproduced as somebody else’s own work? Copyright protects you against that. The following is the link to the UK Government’s guidelines on copyright for intellectual property....

Plot Structure: Freytag’s Pyramid

When you are planning your story, it may be useful to follow a ‘plot structure’. One of the most well-known of these is Freytag’s Pyramid. It follows a 5-point structure. Once you are aware of this structure, you will notice how many novels and tv...

Plot Structure

What is PLOT? We are talking about what happens in a story. The story is built of significant events in the narrative. Plot is what characters do, say or think that move the story forward. Writers must ask themselves: What – When – Where – Why – and what is at stake?...