Urban exploration on the deserted islands of Second Life
Fusion recently took a tour through the abandoned college campuses of Second Life. It's a fascinating insight into what becomes of our virtual spaces as people move out and move ...
NaNoWriMo: the good and the bad
My experience of NaNoWriMo goes back to 2010. I 'won', which means that shortly before the end of November I passed the 50,000 word mark and completed my novel. Here's ...
Who killed Twin Peaks?
Twin Peaks begins with the discovery of Laura Palmer – murdered, wrapped in plastic and dumped in a lake. As the news spreads through the town, it ...
Video games: do players get in the way of a good story?
Niko from Grand Theft Auto 4 is part of a detailed narrative but, with the player in charge, is their game experience true to that story? In traditional forms of narrative, ...
Twelve ways that stories help people learn
It's tried and testedWhether it's the stories from the Bible or Aesop's Fables, some of our oldest wisdom is packaged as stories. Of all the works of Plato, which one ...
Five obscure and captivating movies
Here are five of mine. Have you got any of your own? Please share them in the comments. Royal Space Force – Wings of the Honneamise (1987) A great exploration of the ...
Ten writing prompts
Enjoy. If you use one, please let me know in the comments. It would be fun to know what you do with them. A person returns home to find their door ...
Choose a palette that highlights your story's themes
Your plot is the chain of events in your story. A theme is an idea that underpins everything. For instance, the plot of Kafka's Metamorphosis follows a man who awakes ...
Is streaming changing the TV show as a concept?
The article raises many questions about how formats are evolving in an on-demand world. What constitutes 'binge watching'? Does a season really need breaking down into episodes? Do episodes need ...
Get under the surface of your characters' feelings with actions
‘Seemed to be’ and ‘felt like’ are two words that are often redundant or shortcuts in the place of describing what'd going on more deeply. Take this example: She seemed ...
Give your scene outlines drive and depth with conjunctions
If you relate a story to someone, conjunction are everywhere – 'but', 'and', 'yet' and so on. These small words are used to connect other words, sentences, phrases and clauses. ...
Get your heads together?
Two recurring images define the classic story of creativity: the lone maverick and the magical partnership. For every Nikolai Tesla there's a Lennon and McCartney. For every Watson and Crick ...
The big picture
Can't see the wood for the trees? It could be you're getting so caught up in detail that you lose sight of the big picture. Your main objective is ...