Category Archives: plotting

Writing The End First – Do you write chronologically? Or not?

I can’t believe how long it is since I wrote a post! It’s been mad lately. I’ve been writing the last part of my series, The Reading Group.  Part Five was the Summer Holiday. Blimey, that was definitely the trickiest. … Continue reading


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Ideas – a poem that inspires a story

Recently, a lady wrote in to my Dear Della column in Writers’ Forum and asked me about turning a poem she had written into a story.  She wanted to know how to go about it. This is something I’ve done … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot – Plotting the longer Short Story

Plotting was the bane of my life when I started writing. It still trips me up now occasionally, particularly when I’m changing lengths, for example from 1000 to 2000 words. So here are some tips for writing the longer short … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot – Plotting the Short Story

Plotting a short story is something that many writers, both new and experienced, find difficult.  I include myself in this.  It is not always easy, and I say not always, because occasionally we all have those magical days when it … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot. Story Arcs – What are they?

Welcome to week two of the Wednesday Writing Spot. Following last week’s blog about writing the competition short story, I thought it would be helpful to look at one of the elements of writing that is (in my experience) the … Continue reading


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To Plot or Not

When you write a novel, one of the first decisions you need to make is how you are going to undertake to write it.  Will you a)  Plan out each chapter in detail so that you know exactly what is … Continue reading


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How To Get An Original Idea

One of the things short story competition judges bemoan the most is that they hardly ever see an original story, or a really original idea.   Yet being original is one of the fastest ways to get into the shortlist.  Providing … Continue reading


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