a simple way to get started

Starting a story can be daunting, when you think about all of the characters, their complex relationships, the plot twists, the dramatic action and whether or not you even have a reasonable ending. Dialogue is a great way to start - it can help to discover your characters in the middle of things: “My wife … Continue reading a simple way to get started

creative editing – making the most of your story

After you've written a draft ask yourself: is every word and phrase absolutely essential to the story? Here are some tips: Eliminate passive voice – underline all of the ‘was, were, had beens’ and ask yourself how you can translate them into action. Pay attention as you do this and you will find that your story … Continue reading creative editing – making the most of your story