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Writing in a Spoken Voice

If you find the point of view in your stories tends to wander around the place (sometimes very informal and close to the character, sometimes quite formal and distant) write in a more spoken voice. Choose a voice you can hear in your head, perhaps even one belonging to someone you know very well. If you do this, then rather than worrying about technical difficulties, you can just think, ‘How would X start this story?’ or ‘How would X do dialogue?’

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Exploring different third person points of view

Write part of a story in the form of a scene from a play, beginning with a description…

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Subjective third person narrative

When I was a child, like most young readers I wanted to identify with the characters in books….

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Finding your Antagonistic Antagonist

Thrillers need to be page-turners with cracking plots, plenty of twists and great characters (particularly in psychological thrillers)….

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Creating an Antagonistic Antagonist

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s third law of motion could equally apply…

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Don’t talk down to younger readers

Don’t think that all children want to hear about is fluffy bunnies, naughty elves and lessons to be…

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Developing a character

Imagine that there is a young character in your mind, waiting to step forward and tell you their…

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Narrative – Cause and Effect

Try to bear in mind that the story of your character/s – your plot or narrative – moves…

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Character-Driven Narrative

People tend to think about plot as though it’s something separate from character, with characters moving forward from…

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How changing one thing can change the world

Change one thing in the technology or science of the present day. It could be the way we…

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Your Character vs Technology

Write a short scene of up to 1000 words in which your protagonist is interacting with your imagined…

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Writing Science Fiction – The New Thing

1. Remember as you shape your story, that you are writing science fiction. Understand what science fiction is…

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