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

S is for Synopsis: 10 Things to Remember When Writing a Good Synopsis

A synopsis is a short summary of your story, or piece of writing, that you send off with an initial sample of your work, and a cover letter, when you are submitting to an agent or publisher. It is a brief, and full summation of your story, used to: identify potential plot holes, identify irregularities in … Continue reading S is for Synopsis: 10 Things to Remember When Writing a Good Synopsis

K is for Knowledge: Write What You Know

"Write what you know." Mark Twain One of the most important things, as a writer, is your ability to create a connection between your writing and your reader. Establishing a bond between your characters and your audience creates empathy in your reader, and provides them with a closer 'experience' of your characters' adventures. Creating this connection … Continue reading K is for Knowledge: Write What You Know

D is for Dos and Don’ts: Ten Things for Writers to Aspire To and Avoid

1  Don't Panic. Lots of people fantasize about one day writing a book, but the dream to become a successful, full-time writer is not an easy one to achieve. With dedication, time, sacrifice, and a lot of effort however, it is sometimes possible. So don't worry. Don't rush. And don't give up. 2  Do Write. Establish a routine - every day, or … Continue reading D is for Dos and Don’ts: Ten Things for Writers to Aspire To and Avoid

C is for Characters: A Helpful Reference List for Creating Characters

When I think of my favourite characters (Lyra Belacqua, Atticus Finch, Frodo, Heathcliff, Harry Potter ... to name but a few), I think of very strong, prominent, and well-defined people. People stories are built on. People that make and break the tale, that leave you feeling spent when you've finished reading. None of these characters … Continue reading C is for Characters: A Helpful Reference List for Creating Characters