On the stroke of midnight, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will begin a quest: to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. For these people, November is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo for short.
I write for learning, and a lot of my time is in identifying engaging and authentic stories to help people get to grips with new concepts and skills. Here are ten ways that stories can make even the most difficult subjects interesting.
Themes are what your story’s really about and how it affects your characters on a human level. But once you’ve defined them, how can you make sure that your story builds on them?
Here’s a quick editing tip in time for Valentine’s Day – show actions to emphasise feelings.
Here’s one for people who like to outline their stories. Do you find that as you fill in the details of your scene outlines, it’s hard to tell if they’re pulling their weight and pushing the story along? Or do the scenes feel shallow? Here’s a simple idea for how you can sketch out scenes in a way that emphasises both drive and depth.
Don’t know which darlings to kill? It’s all a case of looking at your writing from a different perspective…