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You’ve Written “The End”… Now What?

You’ve Written “The End”… Now What?

I finished the first draft of my novel this week… but what happens next? Jump right in to edit? Or… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, I typed these beautiful words earlier this week… (The End) Of course, this is nothing like the end. This is a raggedy mess...
How To Write Satisfying Endings

How To Write Satisfying Endings

How can you write a really satisfying ending to your story? TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks. I’m getting to the final few chapters of this first draft, and that’s when I tend to find that my daily word count starts to drastically go down. Why? Well, up to now,...
Six Tips for Writing Action

Six Tips for Writing Action

Here are six tips for writing engaging action and fight sequences… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, as I get closer to the end of this draft and I start ramping up the tension and the stakes and the action and, well, I’m about to embark on a big old action...
Five Tips for Writing Exposition

Five Tips for Writing Exposition

Here are five tips for writing exposition without getting bogged down in, well, exposition… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, let’s talk about exposition. I’ve got to the bit in my book where my protagonist figures out what the villain is up to and there’s a ticking clock and...
The Miss Charlotte Quartet is Complete

The Miss Charlotte Quartet is Complete

With the publication of THE MEMORY THIEF, the MISS CHARLOTTE QUARTET is now complete. A series of four short stories featuring the witch Charlotte Southill from my Witches of Woodville novels. Sign up to the Woodville Village Library newsletter and grab your FREE...
Writing Villains. How to create the Best Baddies.

Writing Villains. How to create the Best Baddies.

How can you write more effective bad guys? Give them a bigger sword? A more evil cackle? Or could the key to unlocking great villains be in your hero? Shock twist! TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, I’ve got to the point in the draft of this book when my traitor is about to be...
Writing Tipping Points and How to make your Scenes Work Harder

Writing Tipping Points and How to make your Scenes Work Harder

Each scene or chapter in your story should have some kind of tipping point where a decision is made. How can you use these to make give your characters more agency and drive the story? TRANSCRIPT Hello, folks. I’m now about halfway through the first draft of the third...
Writing with Urgency, or How not to bore the reader…

Writing with Urgency, or How not to bore the reader…

The middle act of a story is where it can really start to lose its energy. So how can we keep writing with a sense of urgency that will keep the reader turning the page? TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks. As discussed last week, I’m still in the middle act of this novel, still...
First Drafts… What needs to be right, and what can I fix later?

First Drafts… What needs to be right, and what can I fix later?

Is it okay if the first draft of your novel or screenplay is a little rough? I like to think so. Here are few tips that will help you get to the end of a messy first draft, not least the one thing you should try and get right first time… TRANSCRIPT: Hello, folks, when...
The Druid at Thieves Holm – Free to download now

The Druid at Thieves Holm – Free to download now

The Druid at Thieves Holm is part three of The Miss Charlotte Quartet and is FREE to all subscribers of the Woodville Village Library Newsletter. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. Parts one and two — I’ll See You In My Dreams and The Last Night of the Witchfinder — are also...