As In…

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. ‘As’ is another one of those words that can be easily overused. I repeat once more than when I say ‘overuse’ I mean we use it too often in sequence rather than that … Continue reading As In…

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Establishing Relationships

Whether we’re writing new relationships or long-term ones we need to establish and develop them. Each relationship has its own jokes, shorthand, and history and we need to show this through what characters say and do. This is further complicated by the fact that characters in large friendship groups will interact with different friends in … Continue reading Establishing Relationships

Supporting the Network

Whether our characters are old friends or new friends, or a combination of both, it’s very possible that they will be part of a group. Sometimes this group remains mostly the same for the entire story, such as the crew of the original Star Trek television series, or sometimes it will have a core group … Continue reading Supporting the Network

The Long-Term Friendship

Where friends characters find along the way can present problems when we’re writing when characters have friends before the story begins this presents a different set of problems. The primary problem is backstory. However long these characters have been friends there will be a story of how they became friends, things they have done together, … Continue reading The Long-Term Friendship

Found Friends

Often, but not always, part of a story is about characters finding friends, whether it’s the two detectives partnered for the first time, a character going on a quest and meeting allies on the way, or, in some cases, the beginnings of a romantic relationship. In some ways these can be the trickiest friendships to … Continue reading Found Friends

Fictional Friendships

In the majority of stories protagonists will have or find friends who play important part in the story, the group of friends might even all be protagonists, such as The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Each character in the friendship should, theoretically, play a different role but this doesn’t mean … Continue reading Fictional Friendships

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

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