I’d like to explore an idea with you – the idea of a minimum viable story. We often overcomplicate stories and run the risk of never finishing the story. What is Minimum Viable Story? In business one of the things … Continue reading Minimum Viable Story
The advice “show; don’t tell” is readily dished out by writers. Which is all well and good if you happen to know what on Earth they mean by that. The truth is that once you see the difference you can easily … Continue reading What do you mean “show; don’t tell”?
When you get into writing stories, sooner or later people come along that try to fill your head with all sorts of nonsense about what every story “needs”. Most of the time, they are well-intentioned but wrong. You may have … Continue reading The basics of every story ever
The man in the silver suit pushed the contract across the table and grinned a wicked grin at Nigel. “Do we have a deal?” the man asked. Nigel greedily snatched up the document. “I can really have what I want?” … Continue reading The man in the silver suit
Crafting a unique character with an interesting character backstory is quite easy – all you need to do is ask yourself the right questions. I wrote on my own blog that running an RPG game is very similar to writing … Continue reading Crafting a character backstory like an RPG player
In a story, there are five types of antagonist. Only one of those is what you would consider a “bad guy” in any way. A story without conflict is not interesting but did you know that there are four other … Continue reading The five types of antagonist
If you are looking for an audience for your stories you could do a lot better than targeting white able-bodied blokes. That market is already saturated. There are a lot of people hoping to read about people like themselves. You … Continue reading Why we need to write fewer white male protagonists
A new site, a new competition! Are you ready, writers? Explain the series of events that ties these images together How to enter Unlike our last competition which ran week to week, this one will run month to month. Also … Continue reading September Writing Competition