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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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Veiling the Narrative

Stories are one of the ways we have to make sense of the world.  I’m interested not just…

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Read As If Your Life Depended On It

In What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics the great American poet Adrienne Rich says “You…

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The importance of reading

Reading is food for the mind. Eat — read —well, every day. Read a varied diet. Some books…

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Curate your own literary festival

Please read Jay’s exercise in conjunction with her tip (click here): Go on a reading adventure. Remember Picasso’s…

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