How to Develop a Character

How to Develop a Character | Character questionnaires don’t always let you get to know your character in a way that’s helpful. Ask you character these questions, and you’ll know exactly who your characters are :)

(Video transcript) I don’t like character questionnaires and profiles because knowing things about someone is completely different to knowing someone and if you’re going to follow a character through a story you need to know who they are. Characters navigate […]

How to Turn an Idea into a Story

How to Turn an Idea into a Story | Have you got an idea for a novel, but don’t know how to start? This video will show you how.

How to Turn an Idea into a Story (Video transcript) I often hear writers say, “I have an idea for a book, but I don’t know where to start.” That’s because an idea doesn’t equal a story. Ideas don’t tell […]

First Chapter Friday #1 (April 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday April 2016 | Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before to learn how to write a first chapter that will make readers want to read chapter two. These are the lessons I learned in April 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Coraline, Neil Gaiman Engaging First Sentence? It’s great. It gets to the point instantly, and is so succinct that I can’t even summarise it, so I’ll just quote it: Coraline discovered the door a little […]