Story Outline, Structure and Line-edits

Ok, I’ve just finished my first revision of my story, and the ‘revision’ consisted of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and any obvious story inconsistencies. Does that equal line-edits? I haven’t changed any of the story, so maybe not. So with this complete, I started analysing my story and thinking about more structural edits. Now, I know …

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Using #Nanowrimo for fiction craft good

So I’m nearing the end of my nanowrimo 2015 experience and I’m going to finish this year! However, I’m still well aware of creating a crappy story. The rushed, 1667 words, approach definitely produces ‘suck’ every time. This is down to my planning being almost non-existent. My premise for this story was: skaters leave a …

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The Anatomy of Silence of the Lambs

Shawn Coyne is a story nerd. For this reason alone you should inspect the above graphic closely, scratch your head a bit, then wander over to his website, sign up, devour everything he’s sharing, and warm up your credit card ready to buy the Story Grid book. Click here to download the full graphic of the …

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1. Author’s Promise

Every morning I struggle to get up and write, however, now my characters have started to complain. So this is my promise to, Mason and Connor, that I’ll show up to tomorrow and crank out their story: ———- Me: Hey boys, I’ve gotta stop now. My brain is losing focus here and I know I’m …

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Video: How to muscle a big brand in on your fiction

Whilst being an inspiring video about the local skateboarding scene, this also introduces the notion of brand promotion. In a word: Levi’s. It’s also worth noting that Nike have also cracked the scene and the only way they did it was by trying time and time again to earn the respect of skateboarders. Levi’s had …

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Figuring out my characters

For my skateboard fiction series, I’m busy figuring out all the details which includes my characters. So far, this is what I’ve come up with: Char. 1: Stu. He loves the shit town and the crappy scene he’s surrounded by. Afraid of change and challenges. Feels threatened by others. If good at skating Keeps the …

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What if I wrote a new story?

Today I played with the ‘what if’ formula. Just starting a sentence with ‘what if…’ and seeing where it takes me. Story is a skill which can be learnt I believe, so practice makes perfect! Even if these ideas never get written the rehearsal is worth it. Here’s my first three efforts: 1. New Park What …

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The simplest way to plan a novel

This is either a stupid idea, or a good one; I’m not sure. Either way, I really wanted to ‘see’ a story on a piece of paper; in its entirety. I’m a visual learner, and I know about using post-it notes, or cue-cards to plan out a story to a three art structure, but I …

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