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How to Avoid saggy Middles

Middles can be drawn out affairs. The never seem to deliver quite the excitement of beginnings or the satisfaction of endings. Characters don’t appear to achieve anything and the story struggles to get anywhere. This is particularly the case with … Continue reading

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Plot vs. Story

Confusing plot and story is surprisingly common, so I think a very brief mention of the difference could be useful. Contrary to common belief, plot is not what happens in the story. That is the story. Plot is the structure … Continue reading

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“And Then” vs. “But”

Here’ a piece of brilliant advice on how to build your plot, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon. Don’t plan out your action linearly: she did this, and then she … Continue reading

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Plot and Story

After a few months off the blog, during which I wrote a two-page monthly column on self-editing fiction in Writing Magazine, I am now ready to resume the instalments with new content on how to edit your own fiction manuscript. This … Continue reading

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Plot writing: And then vs. But

Here’s a piece of brilliant advice on how to build your plot, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon. Don’t plan out your action linearly: she did this and then she … Continue reading

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Self-editing videos

We now have a YouTube channel and our first self-editing video is up and running. Quite apart from the fact that I chose the wrong microphone, everything else about it seems acceptable. Please visit our new Videos page (see left … Continue reading

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