To set up a good story, you want all the elements of your story to work together to form a coherent whole. All the different plot twists and character arcs should line up to form a shape. I say, the best shape for that structure is the octahedron, and I’ll explain why. Continue reading “Octahedron story structure”
As you can see from the ‘about’ section, I’m an aspiring author. There are a lot of us, all looking to get our masterpieces published. Unfortunately, when you look at what people produce, you find a lot of those masterpieces suck. I’m not going to say my own masterpiece is better, but there are some rookie writing mistakes I’ve made in the past that I don’t make (as often) any more, and I thought it’d be a good idea to share those.
So, as the clickbaitified title implies: a list of five mistakes new writers tend to make. Continue reading “Five common writing mistakes”
Amazon announced they’re going to change their KDP Select programme so that it pays authors for every page of their novels that was read. For those who don’t know KDP Select, it’s a Netflix-style book programme from Amazon, where a reader pays a monthly subscription for the Kindle Unlimited service and gets to read whatever they want from the list of books on KDP Select.
So what does this mean and how does it work? Continue reading “Pay-per-page for KDP Select”
This post is not a review of the movie ‘Faces of death’. To a writer, death is a tool, and today I’m going to take a look at the way death is used in writing. How can you use it? how should you not use it?
Let’s have a look at the various faces of death in writing. Continue reading “Faces of Death”
Forsooth, let me this fine day speak of that most virulent of ailments that afflicts many a well-intentioned craftsman of the written word: purple prose. Not just stories can contain purple prose, but any written text: blog posts, theses, and even simple book reports. Continue reading “The smell of purple prose”