Ambiguity is in the Eye of the Beholder Revisited

The ambiguous ending can be the hardest to write because it can easily fall flat. It can be a thin line between leaving the ending ambiguous and leaving it confusing. By this I mean that a good ambiguous ending can promote interesting debate with people pitching in different ideas, it goes wrong when it leaves … Continue reading Ambiguity is in the Eye of the Beholder Revisited


To Answer or Not to Answer Revisited

One of the biggest problems with endings is answering questions. It’s not always finding the answers that’s the problems, quite often by the time you get there you know the answers, it’s how many you answer. Do you tie everything up with nice little bows? Do you leave them all dangling for an ambiguous ending? … Continue reading To Answer or Not to Answer Revisited

All The Way to The End Again

This week we're looking at different ways to end our story, with part two of the collection next week. Monday - To Answer or Not to Answer, Do we need to answer everything? Tuesday - Ambiguity is in the Eye of the Beholder, Each reader will interpret an ambiguous ending differently. Wednesday - Sense of … Continue reading All The Way to The End Again

Finding Flux Revisited

As mentioned in the previous article keeping the plot moving doesn’t mean we have to race at breakneck speed towards the end. A story needs ebbs and flows, too much action and drama can frustrate a reader/audience as much as too little. And it’s no good driving the plot forward if a reader has no … Continue reading Finding Flux Revisited

Meeting in the Middle Revisited

Can we introduce pivotal characters part way through the book? Yes. Pivotal characters can be introduced almost anywhere in the book with the exception of the end. A character can be repeatedly reference but not make a physical appearance until the end but if a pivotal character turns up at the end it all seems … Continue reading Meeting in the Middle Revisited

Pushing Plot Revisited

The middle is where most of the plot happens and whether we’re writing a plot-led or a character-led story there is always a plot. This doesn’t have to be a complicated plot or have lots of subplots. Even if your story is about someone finding their way after the loss of a loved one that … Continue reading Pushing Plot Revisited

Meeting the Middle Revisited

The problem with the idea of the beginning, the middle and the end is that it can create an idea that a novel can be easily cut up into sections. On the one hand we can because we have the beginning of the action, the main action, and the action winding down. However, sometimes an … Continue reading Meeting the Middle Revisited

Meditating on the Middle Once More

This week we're returning to the middle of a story: Monday - Meeting the Middle, What do we mean by 'the middle'. Tuesday - Pushing Plot, Looking at how plot plays out in the middle. Wednesday - Meeting in the Middle, Looking at introducing characters in the middle. Thursday - Catching Character, Looking at developing character in the middle of … Continue reading Meditating on the Middle Once More

Introducing a Character Revisited

When introducing a character it isn’t necessary to tell the reader everything about them in one go. Readers like to work things out for themselves, to pick out the clues and gather information as they go, which is one of the reasons crime fiction is so popular. If you’re writing a first-person story you don’t … Continue reading Introducing a Character Revisited

Establishing The World Revisited

Now we know where we’re going to begin it can be all too easy to try and tell the reader everything about the world all at once. Too much information will slow the story down and risks boring the reader because there’s only so much information the human brain can process at once. However, it’s … Continue reading Establishing The World Revisited