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How to write emotions and feelings


Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
I’ve had a request from EJ Runyon (who you might recognise as an Undercover Soundtrack contributor). She’s asked me, quite simply, to talk about writing emotions and feelings. Emotions and feelings are the nucleus of a story. The whizziest plot events will have nil impact unless they matter to…

“How to Write a Great Story: A Roundup of Best Advice”


Today is a re-blog day; but, official re-blogs can only be done from WordPress sites…  So, let’s pretend… If you’re a regular reader, you’ve seen Jane Friedman here many times. Here’s a “re-blog” of her intro to how to write a great story: A Roundup of Best Advice. Jane says: “Over the last five years, […]

Masterclass snapshots: how to write several narrators and make them sound distinct


Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
Here’s another of my favourite discussions from my recent Guardian self-editing masterclass… How to write several narrators and make them sound distinct One student had several narrators and was finding it hard to make them distinct. His writer group reported that they sounded too similar, especially in dialogue. One…

How to write a gripping, unforgettable plot – video podcast guest spot with Lorna Faith


Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
Think of all the kinds of novels we might write … from a sensitive character study to a sprawling epic to a nailbiting thriller … are there any common factors they all have? There are. They’re my secret. Actually, they’re not a secret at all. The 4 Cs of…

How to Write an Excellent Book


Originally posted on Live to Write – Write to Live:
? Quick post today because some of the best advice is often short and sweet. Last week I had the opportunity to see best selling author Joe Hill at our local Barnes & Noble. We were treated to a reading, a sing-along (complete with kazoos),…