Write This Now! – Questions to Ask About Your Scene

These questions are designed to help you define the essence of a scene you are writing or rewriting.

They ask you to consider the function and structure of the scene, the event, the emotional pulse. […]

Write This Now! – The Five Act Structure Questions

This exercise is adapted from John Yorke’s excellent book Into the Woods in which he discusses the five act structure and how it can be used manage a story’s tension and the development of its protagonist. It’s a great way of warding off the ‘saggy middle’ to which the more traditional three act structure can be prey. […]

Auditioning my next novel

I have been working on my novel ROSALIND for more years than I care to admit. There have been shaky times – several complete rewrites come to mind. And some amazing highs – winning the Curtis Brown award for my work in progress, for example. I’m now approaching the end of the penultimate edit (or […]