Giving your Setting a Little Character

I read somewhere that you should treat the setting of your story like a character. Give it a strong identity, allow it to have mood swings, ask it to interact with other characters, watch it drive the plot. Think of Wuthering Heights. How different that story could have been if Cathy hadn’t ventured out on to the moors in a storm.


Good characterisation is expressed in the detail and a little detail goes a long way towards creating a convincing story world.

Here’s a short excerpt from my first novel, Wolf Soul, in its first draft form: Continue reading

Can Technology Help Write a Story?

A couple of months ago, as I googled away an unproductive afternoon, I came across a nifty little computer program called yWriter.

It portrays itself as a word processor which “breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work.”  As luck would have it, this is exactly what I needed to do with my current work in progress, Cradlesnatch. So I clicked on Download Now.

Then I started to play with my new toy.

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