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Of character arcs and plots

I find that my writing has been going more smoothly since I stopped trying to separate the character arc and the plot.

I’d originally planned on finishing the character arc before working from it towards the plot. 140 more words


November postmortem.

Well. November was a tough month. I’m so glad it’s December.

I was on a roll with NaNoWriMo, totally in love with my new project, and averaging 2k to 3k words a day…until the election. 444 more words


Self publishing

I know I should have had a go at putting the manuscript up on Lulu or CreateSpace myself but I am not the most technical of people and I was worried my book might get ‘stuck’ in some system from where I could not extract it or cancel the process. 407 more words

Book Writing

In praise of free writing

Free writing actually works! I can plot again!

Despite having been advised to write freely by nearly every writer and book on creative writing that I’ve met and read, I still hadn’t really believed that it could work. 166 more words


Should a writer explain his characters' motives?

How much do readers need to know about the characters of a book?

The knee-jerk answer would be: everything. The more a reader knows, the better. 350 more words


The Power of Emotion through Words

The Power of Emotion through Words

Natalie Bright

A ‘spark’¬†for writers is the moment an idea is ignited in our mind. I have spark notes written on everything. 735 more words


That's It, I'm Self-Publishing a Book

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember.

It started with really short stories at the age of 5 about my rabbit cuddly toy to English homework that allowed me to be creative (my favourite kind). 271 more words