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

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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

Doubling Our Punctuation

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. A common mistake people make, particularly when writing dialogue, is using multiple punctuation marks such as ‘!?’ or ‘!!!’ or they use capitals and extra punctuation, ‘WHY?!’ Regular readers know I don’t tend … Continue reading Doubling Our Punctuation

Continuing Commas

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Our final collection of instances with commas are between adjectives, repeated words, and when characters address other characters in dialogue. Although dialogue doesn’t have to be grammatically correct, most people don’t speak grammatically, … Continue reading Continuing Commas

Commenting on Commas

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Commas are important in speech, as we’ve discussed before commas mark brief breaths but they also mark the end of the dialogue or when we’re addressing a person. One of the most confusing … Continue reading Commenting on Commas

Doing Dialogue

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Doing Dialogue

Making Movement

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Making Movement

Hysteria: The First Draft

WARNING: Rude metaphors ahead. This is the original introduction to the world of Victorian Mistress, completely unedited and not even checked for typos. I was asked about my self-editing method and the easiest way to explain it seemed to be to post an example of my unedited work to compare to an edited example. NOTE: … Continue reading Hysteria: The First Draft

Elements of Editing

I'm back and this week I'm answering a question that came via twitter about how I self-edit. Now I think it's important to emphasis that while this week's articles are about editing they are about my personal approach. This doesn't mean you can't pick up some tricks from it, I simply want to be clear … Continue reading Elements of Editing