Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters Whether you consider plot to be more important than character or you believe they’re just two sides of the same coin, it’s clear that character matters. Readers want characters who are engaging and interesting:...
Eight Easy(ish) Ways to Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

Eight Easy(ish) Ways to Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

Eight Easy(ish) Ways to Finish the First Draft of Your Novel I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month – maybe you are too? (For the uninitiated, “NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, where people all over the world try to write a 50,000...
The Two Scenes in Your Novel That Will Need the Most Rewriting

The Two Scenes in Your Novel That Will Need the Most Rewriting

The Two Scenes in Your Novel That Will Need the Most Rewriting Novels are tricky. There’s so much to juggle that no-one gets it quite right the first time round … and most authors end up doing wholesale rewrites, rather than just making a few editorial tweaks. I’ve...
Why You Should Stick to One Name for Each Character in Your Novel

Why You Should Stick to One Name for Each Character in Your Novel

Why You Should Stick to One Name for Each Character in Your Novel You’re probably known by several different names in your life. I’m “Alison Luke” when I fill in a form. I’m “Mrs Luke” to my bank and to cold-callers. I’m “Mummy” to my kids, occasionally “Mum” (they’re...