Tag Archives: Fiction

What exactly is a short story?

If you are new to writing shorter fiction, you may find it difficult to define your work. Is it a short story? Is it a novella? This post has a handy table to guide you through the process of identifying … Continue reading

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7 simple things to remember about setting

If you are sorting out the setting for your story, the framework given in this post might help you along your way. 7 simple things to remember about setting. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this … Continue reading

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The 17 most popular genres in fiction and why they matter

Your book may be astonishingly different from the rest of the crowd. But it is still important to think about genre. If you are aware of the expectations of the readers of your genre, you stand more chance of getting … Continue reading

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Creating conflict

We all have our faults, and those faults influence the pattern of our lives. Sometimes we long for a simple life in a perfect world, but we know that it would be dull if that wish came true. We talk … Continue reading

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Rules for detective stories

Are you a fan of rules for writers? If so, you may like these 20 rules for writing detective stories. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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How to write about anger

Real people have emotions, and they show them all the time. Obvious, isn’t it? So why do so many writers fail to give their characters emotions? Sometimes characters seem shallow, because the writer has taken the easy way out & … Continue reading

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A cheat sheet if you are writing for young adults

Are you writing something for young adults? Are you confused about the process? This cheat sheet, as with all these things, oversimplifies the position, but it¬†might help to guide you through the process. Visit my websites via the links at … Continue reading

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