You’ve Got to Have a Problem

Beach

Suppose it’s a lovely sunny day, and William and Izzy go with their family to the beach. If they have fun making sandcastles, enjoy swimming in the sea, searching rock pools for crabs, have a delicious ice-cream, then go home happy, readers might feel cheated…

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Choosing Names for Your Characters

Choosing Names for Your Characters

When you are writing your stories, you also have the privilege of choosing names for all your characters. This can be a bit of a headache, and you don’t necessarily have nine months to mull over your choices! I’ve previously written about how to choose names, so I won’t repeat myself, but here’s an idea to help you choose…

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Essential Stuff!

children's faces

All characters need to be ’rounded’, especially your protagonist. Of course, they need to be inspirational, but they also need to have flaws and issues. They need to get despondent when things go badly – or even get to the point of despair. They shouldn’t always be…

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Getting Pace Right (Video)

woman in street

Some tips on getting the pace right in your story:

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Voices for Your Characters

Girls walking down the road

Dialogue is an essential part of every story, and readers need to know who is speaking! Of course we have dialogue tags to help us (e.g. he said; she replied), but there are other ways to help readers differentiate between our characters…

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Descriptions: Taking it All In

woodland

I am fortunate to be able to walk out of our house into country lanes. With the roads being quiet, it allows for reflection. Yesterday, as I was passing through an area of woodland, I did this exercise, and I recommend it to you…

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