Story structure

I’ve been thinking a lot about story construction for months and months. I’ve tried various structures – 3-Act; 8-Part; 12 pillars; multi-layer 10 key scene; snowflake. All of them sort of work, in that they help me keep focussed on the story, what the key, underlying theme is, and help me keep an even pace throughout the story. But is this good for my writing? Is it taking the creativity out of it? I’m an engineer. I was born into an engineering family, my father was an engineer, both of my older brothers were engineers. We rode cycles we built … Continue reading Story structure

Happy New Year!

As you may or may not know, I don’t do New Year Resolutions. I don’t like the binary, succeed / fail result that they cause. Most of life isn’t digital – it’s analog, so in that way, my 2017 targets will be just that – targets. Things to aim for, ideals. First of all, let’s look back at last years’s targets, and see which have been smart targets and have been achieved, and which were ludicrous (in hindsight). 2016 TARGETS 1) Write one short story a week for the Bradbury Challenge – SUCCESS! 2) Complete the 100kwords100days challenge – FAIL! … Continue reading Happy New Year!

End of year 2016

It’s strange, looking back. 2016 was an interesting year, away from writing – we had the EU referendum, and the USA elections, both of which returned surprising, not to say, unexpected, results. Both results could see huge changes in what happens in both the UK and the USA in the coming months and years The binary voting system (voting for just one option or another) had created a huge fallout, with a lot of animosity on both sides toward the other. Strange times. 2016 also saw the passing of a number of heroes, including David Bowie, Prince, Mohamed Ali, Robert … Continue reading End of year 2016

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

No, I don’t know what it means, either. And I don’t like the term “winning” when it relates to NaNoWriMo. It’s very binary, and I think we’ve had enough binary decisions this year. If there is a winner, then there must be a loser, and losing has such bad connotations for those who can’t deal with it. But, the bottom line is, I completed the NaNoWriMo, 50,000 words in a month challenge. What did I write? Well, one of the things I advocate about NaNoWriMo is to use it to experiment with your writing. At the end of November, even … Continue reading Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Comment spam

The good thing about not visiting your blog for a while is all the comment spam that suddenly appears, usually within half an hour of each other. And so it happened today. All have been marked as spam, of course, but some of them are too hilarious to not share: Thank you so much for this artecli, it saved me time! That’s a subtle way of thnnkiig about it. You write so holsteny about this. Thanks for sharing! That’s a clever answer to a tricky quteoisn You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful arteslic. The … Continue reading Comment spam

Small Stone – 6th Dec 2014

Cars file in. Seagulls swirl and swoop overhead, as people divest themselves of their unwanted stuff. I have some ‘difficult’ items, but find places for them to go. I listen for the shout of protest as the wrong sack gets emptied into the right bin, or vice versa. It’s anarchy on a very, very small scale. But there are no shouts of protest – the Guardians of the Recycling are inside their lair, refusing to come out into the cold.  I went to the tip. Continue reading Small Stone – 6th Dec 2014

#SampleSunday – 16th Jan 2011

Prologue to DEATH IN PRINT The dark green jacket kept most of the rain off his body, but his hair was plastered, dark and slick, to the top of his head. To one side, a cracked downpipe allowed rainwater to drip, drip, drip onto the shiny pavements. It was late, and there were few cars, and even fewer pedestrians. The gloomy interior of the bookshop showed little detail, save for those few items at the front illuminated by the streetlights. The interior was not his point of interest. A letter-sized promotional flyer was crudely stuck to the inside of the … Continue reading #SampleSunday – 16th Jan 2011

Gathering together

I’ve nearly finished the sort-through of all my short works, going back over several years. Following some great online advice, I’m almost certainly going to collect the shorts into ‘collections’, and give these away free. I’m also going to be giving away samples of my writing here, and various other online locations. Finally, I’m going to be writing some new short stories, featuring the characters in my serial novels, which (hopefully) will introduce them to a new audience. We shall see! Continue reading Gathering together