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

Manage Your Blog Posts with a Free Editorial Calendar Download

'T' is for 'Time' Blog Editorial Calendar One of the (many) changes I've made with my writing and blogging routine this year is the introduction of editorial calendars. Previously I've had lots of lists and ideas in my head, plans, and dates they should all be completed by, or random jottings and scribbles on notepads or pieces of … Continue reading Manage Your Blog Posts with a Free Editorial Calendar Download

3 Novel Writing Walk-Throughs To Help You Plot Your Story

Lots of people approach writing in different ways. Some people are 'Pantsters', writing by the seat of their pants - simply deciding what happens, and what to write as they go along. Other people, myself included, are 'Planners', building and creating a specific story plan that details the plot and various plot events before sitting … Continue reading 3 Novel Writing Walk-Throughs To Help You Plot Your Story

10 Tips for New or Aspiring National Novel Writing Month MLs

National Novel Writing Month, or 'NaNoWriMo', is an annual creative writing challenge that takes place globally every November. The event challenges participants to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in just 30 days (November). Originally founded in the US in 1999, it has since grown into a non-profit organisation that hosts hundreds of thousands of writers around … Continue reading 10 Tips for New or Aspiring National Novel Writing Month MLs

5 Useful Lists for Writers and Authors

'L' is for 'Links'   1 General Writing Advice & Tips 10 Writing Tips from Stephen King | TalesOfSuccess.com 30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors | Buzzfeed.com 50 Articles on Writing to Help You in 2015 | WritersDigest.com A Smattering of Stupid Writer Tricks | TerribleMinds.com How to Become a Kick-Ass Writer | WritersDigest.com … Continue reading 5 Useful Lists for Writers and Authors