The 7 Basic Story Plots

One of my favourite lessons when studying Creative Writing at university was on the several different basic plots of a story, originally identified in Christopher Booker's 'The Seven Basic Plots' (2004). 1 Overcoming the Monster In this plot, the protagonist (hero/main character) faces - and defeats - a strong, overwhelming enemy. The antagonist, or antagonistic force, threatens the … Continue reading The 7 Basic Story Plots

Book Review: ‘Passports to Peril’ by Terry Ray Hall

Gwendoline's Travels: Book 1 A while ago, I was very kindly sent 'Passports to Peril' by Terry Ray Hall to review (apologies to the author and publisher for the delay in posting!). A children's book written in rhyme, 'Passports to Peril' is a charming and lovely story that follows Gwendoline and her group of friends as they travel … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Passports to Peril’ by Terry Ray Hall

Book Review: ‘The Mysterious Apples’ by Diana C Vickery

The Mysterious Apples by Diana C Vickery (illustrated by Danny Deeptown, published by Swankypants Books) is a follow-up book to A Little Owl Called Hooty. Written for children, these books follow the individual adventures of a small group of animals as they undertake mini adventures, discovering traits or facets about themselves or facing perplexing puzzles. As small, bag-sized … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Mysterious Apples’ by Diana C Vickery

X is for Excel: My Submissions Spreadsheet (Free Download!)

Today is my birthday! Woo! The final worksheet I'd like to share with you, for now, is my 'Submissions Diary'. Currently split between fiction and poetry (use the page tabs at the bottom of the screen to navigate between them), this spreadsheet is a useful record of your current and past writing submissions. I have … Continue reading X is for Excel: My Submissions Spreadsheet (Free Download!)