Tag Archives: writing

31
Oct
14

NaNoWriMo: the good and the bad

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.

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.

08
Mar
14

Twelve ways that stories help people learn

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.

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.

28
Feb
14

Ten writing prompts

Stuck for something to write? Here are some prompts to kickstart things.

Stuck for something to write? Here are some prompts to kickstart things.

20
Feb
14

Choose a palette that highlights your story’s themes

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?

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?

13
Feb
14

Get under the surface of your characters’ feelings with actions

Here's a quick editing tip in time for Valentine's Day – show actions to emphasise feelings.

Here’s a quick editing tip in time for Valentine’s Day – show actions to emphasise feelings.

12
Feb
14

Give your scene outlines drive and depth with conjunctions

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.

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.

01
Feb
14

The big picture

Don't know which darlings to kill? It's all a case of looking at your writing from a different perspective...

Don’t know which darlings to kill? It’s all a case of looking at your writing from a different perspective…