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 Ladies'...

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 programs / series...

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?...

Fiction-writing for Magazines

Since gaining contracts to write short stories for two national women’s magazines, I have regularly been asked ‘Is it easy to write for magazines?’ ‘I like writing short stories, but don’t know how to submit a story to a magazine,’ and ‘Can you make a living from it?’...

Creating Interesting Characters

The following is a character profile I have created for a protagonist named Fran. I have an idea for a story, but would like to know if you think she is worth developing. I'd value your opinion. (Comments section) Character Profile: Fran Meet Francesca, widow of Billy...

Creative Writing: Where do I Start?

Whether you are hoping to write a fiction story, a non-fiction piece or poetry, all of them take time and practice. The following tips will help get you started, but remember, there is no exact science to creative writing. Read widely Most writers love reading. If you...

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