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Flip the Scene

We’ve all got one in our distant past: the great love that got away because we were too tongue-tied, or clumsy or didn’t even cross the room to engage in conversation. Get it out of your system once and for all by writing the might have been. How should you have acted? What should you have said?

But once you’ve sketched that out, I want you to flip the scene on its head and write it from the great love’s point of view making yourself just a character, not a person we get inside at all.

And once you’ve done that – and the romantic or antiromantic conclusion is neither here nor there by this stage – have a go at playing around with the genders. If you’re both women trying making the two of you men. Or one of you trans. Or not even human.

See the fun you’re having now?

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If you’re describing a same sex relationship or one involving someone who is trans or intersex or in…

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Write The Blurb For Your Novel

Write the blurb for your novel – the summary that appears on the back jacket of a book…

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Uncharted Seas

Writing a novel is like setting out to sail across a vast, uncharted sea, without any resources such…

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Inside the Shed

Sometimes we are really keen to tell our readers everything, to make sure that they understand what it…

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You don’t have to tell young readers as much as you think

There is sometimes an assumption that younger readers won’t understand what’s going on unless the plot and the…

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Find your story in a setting

This is a research exercise really – one that will help you find a story out of setting….

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Setting is your friend

When you write, do you start by thinking about the theme you want to explore? Or is it…

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Drawing your childhood memories

We all have child’s eye views – many in fact. Some might say we’re already a step ahead…

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Creating ‘Child Eye’s View’ when writing for young people

Young people don’t just come under the heading of one audience. There are so many different ages and…

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Emotionally Engage

If you think about plays you’ve enjoyed, that stay with you, and try and work out why they…

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Gas Ring – the game

A quick exercise to show the importance of writing high stakes for your characters when writing a play….

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