Do’s and Don’ts of Writing A Dream Sequence

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There’s a great post over on Phil Partington’s blog about when and how dream sequences in novels can be effective.

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How to Write a Book in Four Drafts

I’ve learnt a huge amount from writing this blog. One of the most important being, ‘you’ve always got something else you can learn.’ But now I’m back to writing a first draft, I find all this information on writing techniques buzzing around my head is getting in the way.

It’s like buying a new house and trying to re-decorate everything at once. Nobody chooses the colour scheme, paints the woodwork, puts up the wallpaper, and changes the light fittings all at the same time.

Learning so many wonderful and useful things about writing craft is all well and good, but I’m beginning to feel like I’ve gone to B&Q and bought the whole shop, so now I have no idea where to start.

What I need to remember is a first draft is just that; the first draft of many. So I’ve come up with a plan and it compares surprisingly well to my decorating techniques. Continue reading

Finding the Diamonds in Your Creative Writing with Bryony Pearce

Good things come in threes. And today, I’m happy to welcome my third 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices winner to the blog. Steve Hartley and Sara Grant have already offered some excellent advice on writing for comic effect and knocking your first draft into shape. Here’s what Bryony Pearce has to say about the careful use of adjectives and adverbs. Continue reading

Getting the Conflict in Your Dialogue Right


I always enjoy the posts I read over on Kim’s Craft Blog. There was one in particular last week which I thought said something I hadn’t come across before. It’s all about letting big conflicts grow from small beginnings in your dialogue.

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Creating a Believable Story World

I like routine. It helps me get into the right frame of mind for writing. Watching Judge Judy in the morning while I’m eating my porridge, sets me up for the day.

If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true,” is one of Judge Judy’s little sayings. It got me thinking about fictional worlds, and how as writers we ask the reader to ‘buy into’ the story we’ve created for them. It’s called, suspension of disbelief.

If something in our created world doesn’t ring true, it throws the reader out of the story. By ‘true’, I don’t mean factually correct (although it is important to get our facts straight). I mean, do our created world’s rules, laws and behaviours remain consistent throughout? Here’s a few example ‘worlds’ to explore. Continue reading

Rules For Writing From Celia Rees

Today, I’m very pleased to welcome Celia Rees to the blog. Celia is a renowned writer of Young Adult fiction, and I’m grateful to her for taking the time to stop by and share some of her incites into the craft of writing. So without further ado I’ll hand over and let you read what she has to say. Continue reading

Literary Devices Every Writer Should Know

As writers it’s important we have all the necessary tools available to us, and know in which situation we should use them. Bit like cutlery really.

cutlery design cooking kitchen industrial product design minimalistic simple silver wood fork spoon knife

Here’s a link I found over at One Way to Wonder which explains several Literary Devices Every Writer Should Know.

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