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 not convinced that I even have another name). I’m “Ali” to...
How Do You Divide Your Novel into Chapters?

How Do You Divide Your Novel into Chapters?

This post was inspired by an email conversation with Emma from the brilliant blog Science at Your Doorstep. Pick up the nearest book. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, it’s almost certainly split into chapters. As readers, we take that for granted. Chapters give us...
Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story?

Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story?

Sometimes, it’s obvious who the viewpoint character(s) will be for a particular story. Maybe you’re writing a first-person romance novella, for instance, with the heroine as the only viewpoint character. Often, though, there isn’t a completely clear-cut choice. You...
How to Write Character Descriptions That Work [With Examples]

How to Write Character Descriptions That Work [With Examples]

If you’re writing fiction, at some point, you’ll probably want to describe the people populating your story. (This isn’t absolutely essential, mind. I’ve just written a short story that consists entirely of dialogue – no dialogue tags, no action beats, nothing – and...
Take the Plunge: How to (Finally) Start Your Novel

Take the Plunge: How to (Finally) Start Your Novel

Image from sxc.hu by tatlin. You want to write a novel. It’s been your New Year’s resolution more times than you want to admit. And you might well have been day-dreaming about it or scribbling notes about it for months or years. But you’ve never quite started the...