Friendship in Fiction

This week we're looking at the different types of friendships portrayed in fiction whether they're friends characters meet along the way, old friends, or groups each character will interact with these friendships differently. Monday - Fictional Friendships, Looking at ways of building a friendship one character at a time. Tuesday - Found Friends, A few things we need to … Continue reading Friendship in Fiction

Advertisements

Lying or Laying Around?

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Tenses are tricky and this is shown with laying, lying, laid, lain, lay, and lied. For a start lied is the past tense of lying, as in telling a lie, as in telling … Continue reading Lying or Laying Around?

Because…

‘Because’ is a problematic word in fiction writing, not because there is anything inherently wrong with it, but because it invites over explanation. We can use ‘because’ but it is best to use it in moderation. I could argue that the repetition of ‘because’ has the same effect as the repetition of any word, which … Continue reading Because…

And A But

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Sometimes when we’re writing we have to consider the potential overuse of ‘but’ and ‘and’. There’s nothing wrong with these words but it is possible to over use them in prose because it … Continue reading And A But

Additional Adverbs

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. As I’ve said before I’m not going to tell you to cut out all the adverbs in your story. Partly because adverbs are sometimes the most direct way to phrase something without an … Continue reading Additional Adverbs

Constant Versus Singular Movement

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. One of the problems with writing past tense is how easy it is to write things like ‘they stood’ instead of ‘they were standing’. It’s easy to assume that because something has ‘ing’ … Continue reading Constant Versus Singular Movement

Words, Words, Words

This week we're looking at some tricky words, tense changes and words that, if overused, can create convoluted sentences. Monday - Constant Versus Singular Movement, So were they stood or standing? Tuesday - Additional Adverbs, Sometimes adverbs are used to describe what is already shown, running quickly? Wednesday - And A But, Do we need all the ands and buts or … Continue reading Words, Words, Words

Using The Characters

When we’re building atmosphere in a story it can be affected by the perspective of characters. Every character has their own viewpoint with their own preconceived notions, fears, memories and loves and all of these will change how they interact with their surroundings and the interpretation they give. This is particularly important if this character … Continue reading Using The Characters

Picking The Place

When we’re building the atmosphere of a place we don’t have to pick a place that immediately suggests the atmosphere we want to build. Classic examples in British fiction could be the gothic mansion, or a medieval castle, or a graveyard when we want a creepy setting. These are all perfectly acceptable and work very … Continue reading Picking The Place

What is Pathetic Fallacy?

Pathetic fallacy is the fancy name for the weather reflecting the mood of characters, such as the angry/morose character sitting in their office with a storm raging around them. It used to be a very popular technique, think of Shakespeare’s three witches in Macbeth up to no good in the middle of a storm, but … Continue reading What is Pathetic Fallacy?