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Find the shape of your story

Pick up one of the books you really like – it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction. Skim through it again, or just refresh yourself by looking at the table of contents or chapter headings (if applicable). Think of the shape and try out various sketches, until you feel you’ve captured a diagram that represents how it’s put together.

Now do that with another book.

And now shift to trying it for your own work! Sketch until you find a shape that satisfies your story. If your work isn’t finished, sketch what you’ve told, then sketch how you want your work to proceed.

With that as a guide editing will be easy, and eternal glory – or at least a nicely cohesive book – shall be yours.

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Shaping the flow of writing

This is very odd, but when it comes to non-fiction I like drawing little pictures of the inner…

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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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How to radically rewrite

Word processing has been a gift to writers. No more typing out pages and pages of manuscript, no…

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Reconsider, rewrite

Take a piece of writing. It might be a poem or short story. It might be a play…

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Word mapping

1. Choose a word or short phrase which is the subject of the poem you wish to explore….

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Controlling your fear

Thomas Keneally says that, ‘Writing is an exercise in controlling your fear. Above all the fear that you…

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Drafting and editing poetry

Write poetry by hand. Go on, try it, even if you always write directly on the computer. I…

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Cut the fluff

There is, of course, no rule that says you should never write dialogue that looks exactly like real…

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Mark’s top 3 tips – Critical, forensic and persistent

Watch exclusive this exclusive video from author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark…

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First and last line

When drafting your poems it is worth giving special consideration to the first and last lines as they…

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How the lines can find their place

When I am editing my poems I am often trying to find ways for the poem to reveal…

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