Reaching Resolution Revisited

To end our story we have to have some form of resolution. We’ve already discussed the different sorts of endings and how we can anything from complete closure to an ambiguous end or a cliff-hanger but we’ve still got to bring all these pesky plot threads together. If you struggle with this don’t worry, a […]

Get Thee to a Judge

Heimdall tells a tale Read Part One of Today’s Double Bill Here Hastings – 1844 It would’ve been nice if I could’ve turned up, presented Heimdall, and get Rache sorted but nobody seemed to know where she was. ‘I don’t like this plan,’ Josef murmured, eyeing Heimdall who was giving him an equal eye back. […]

A Trip to the Other Side

Will Field House find a friend? Hastings – 1844 Heimdall stared up at Field House, one hand on her hip, and the other holding her cigarette. She exhaled a plume of smoke and said, ‘That is one lonely house.’ ‘Hmmm.’ It was taking all my control not to swing round swatting the tugging tendrils of […]

Getting From A to Oh Revisited

No plot would be complete without stumbling blocks. If stories didn’t have ‘oh’ moments they’d be a lot shorter and less satisfying. Readers like to see the characters struggle through challenges because it amplifies the achievement of winning, though it can be tempting to make things easier for them. These stumbling blocks are either built […]

Subbing Your Story Revisited

Most stories have at least one subplot that runs alongside the main plot. Some of these run the full length of the story, some are short little side routes. For example, in the Sherlock Holmes stories the main plot  is the case and the secondary plot is Holmes and Watson’s friendship and runs concurrent to […]

Where’s Your Tools? Revisited

So our main character has a problem, what are we going to do about it? Do they need some characters to help them? Do they need to get some tech or something to help them? Are they going to have to get somewhere to solve this problem? How? Each of these things that move a […]

What’s Your Problem? Revisited

At its most basic plot is the presentation of a problem that needs to be solved: the detective needs to catch the criminal, the lovers need to come together, the world needs to be saved. So when we’re beginning to plot a story we need to think, ‘What is the problem?’ then ‘How are we […]

The Purpose of Plot Revisited

This week we’re looking at plot: What is it? How do we create it? Where do subplots fit in? Tuesday – What’s Your Problem? How do we decide what the plot is? Wednesday – Where’s Your Tools? What does our character need to fix the problem? Thursday – Subbing Your Story, How do subplots relate to […]

Saying Everything and Nothing Revisited

One of the most useful tools in writing short stories, especially those under 2,000 words, is implication. This is a skill that can take a long time to develop because firstly we have to figure out what we can imply and what needs to be stated and secondly because we need to acknowledge that if […]

No Place Like Home

Lot has a plan for Field House Read Part One of Today’s Double Bill Here Hastings – 1844 The storm had passed over but the rain was persistent, pattering against my hood like Autumn’s footsteps creeping up on us. It was Josef’s turn to stay home with the children and he didn’t want to be […]