The Piece That Doesn’t Fit Revisited

Having considered the idea of moving chapters around we also need to consider that we might need to replace or remove chapters completely. The need to do this isn’t a sign of bad writing, just as not needing to add or remove chapters isn’t a sign of good writing. All it is about is making […]

Assembling the Jigsaw Revisited

Structure is important so you might wonder why I didn’t begin with this article, the way I see it first drafts are for getting the story down and editing is for hammering out structure. The problem is that when people begin a story thinking about structure and ‘hitting the right notes’ can block them and […]

Death to Excess Revisited

We’ve looked at trimming out unnecessary bits from our prose but what about those characters who just don’t seem to be pulling their weight? The honest answer is that they’re probably going to have to go too. We all hate doing it, especially if we love the characters, but too many unnecessary characters can be […]

Dropping Breadcrumbs Revisited

Readers like a chance to work things out for themselves and infer meaning. By favouring showing over telling we give the reader a chance to build their own story within ours. As with any aspect of storytelling we have to find a balance within our writing but nobody can tell you what that is, you […]

Brick-By-Brick Revisited

This week we’re looking at writing our characters in motion including; the perils of over writing, the use of implication, and when the reader needs to see. Tuesday – Dropping Breadcrumbs, Considering when showing may be more useful than telling. Wednesday – Death to Excess, Sometimes characters don’t pull their weight and create unnecessary distractions. […]

Let’s Get Less Busy Revisited

This week we’re looking at writing our characters in motion including; the perils of over writing, the use of implication, and when the reader needs to see. Tuesday– Streamlining Action, the perils of overwriting action. Wednesday – Implying Action, sometimes an action, like crossing a room, is implied. Thursday– Fixing the Fight, the use of […]

Showing the Senses Revisited

This week we’re looking at different ways to describe our setting; the idea that description is more than what characters can see and the effects different senses can have. Tuesday- Seeing Beyond Sight, description is more than sight. Wednesday- Sensuality of Scent, scent can used to invite or repulse. Thursday- Selecting Sound, using sound to create […]

Exposition By Character Revisited

When I say exposition by character I don’t necessarily mean exposition where one character explains something to another, though this is a perfectly valid technique, but what I mean is character moments. We can reveal a lot about a character through what they say and do, particularly when they interact with other characters. While we […]

Exposition by Footnote Revisited

We can use footnotes in fiction, a lot of early novelist from the UK and Ireland used them, but they can be tricky to employ in modern fiction. Nowadays the footnote is largely associated with academia either referencing book titles or inserting extra information about a subject. The problem with footnotes is that it can […]

Exposition By The Chapter

Is it a bad thing to do exposition by the chapter? Not always. Exposition by the chapter may be problematic if we’re writing ‘this happened because’ or ‘this works like that because’ and is simply a long explanation of something in the story. However, a chapter of exposition might be a flashback or a side-story. […]