Building a World

This week we’re looking at the basics of world building. The things we need to consider overall and the things we need to consider by genre Tuesday – Bricks and Mortar, What is world building? Wednesday – Getting Contemporary, The pitfalls of assuming contemporary means easy world building. Thursday – Hunting History, Do we need to be historically accurate? […]

Casting Characters

This week we’re making we’re looking at the differences between main characters, secondary, and pit players. Tuesday – Making a Main Character, How might we define a main character? Wednesday – Selecting Secondary, What’s the difference between secondary and a bit player? Thursday – Backing the Bits, Are they important? Friday – Mixing and Matching, Is there such a […]

Agonising Over Archetypes

This week we’re making we’re looking at the pros and cons of archetypes and mixing things up a bit with an extra episode of Rum Cove. Tuesday – ‘Ark at Archetypes, What are archetypes? Wednesday – Arguing Over Archetypes, Are they helpful or not? Thursday – Is It All Necessary? Do we really need to know about them? Friday […]

Everything Ends Revisited

As we’ve discussed in previous articles sometimes our characters don’t survive the story, or do they? There are many instances in the history of literature where characters appear to have died but have returned. The most famous possibly being Sherlock Holmes who died but was resurrected by popular demand. The problem we might have, other […]

Closing on Closure

As we discussed when talking about different types of endings closure doesn’t have to be complete, like life not all the questions need to be answered. This, of course, relates to the ‘Happily Ever After’ ending. The traditional Happily Ever After is all questions resolved, they get married and, obviously, live happily ever after. This […]

They All Died at the End Revisited

A satisfying ending doesn’t mean nobody dies. A satisfying ending is an ending that feels like the end of the story and sometimes that means characters die. A now famous ending for a character, though not the very end of the book, is Ned Stark’s death in Game of Thrones, Martin plays on the reader’s […]

Back to the Beginning Revisited

We’ve all heard the ending cliché ‘and it was all a dream’ so I should probably start by saying that even though it’s a cliché it’s not always an ineffective ending. The problem is that its bad reputation arose from writers using it to avoid resolution. The ultimate downfall of the ‘it was all a […]

The Length of an Ending

There’s no set length for an ending, no measure in words, fractions or percentages. Endings are as long as endings need to be but perhaps we should measure it from the point where the action begins to wind down. A more technical way to describe it might be ‘falling action’ as opposed to the beginning’s […]

Closing on Closure

As we discussed when talking about different types of endings closure doesn’t have to be complete, like life not all the questions need to be answered. This, of course, relates to the ‘Happily Ever After’ ending. The traditional Happily Ever After is all questions resolved, they get married and, obviously, live happily ever after. This […]