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Plotting and Planning

From Zero to Hero – The Emotional Arc in Writing by Merle...
Posted by Merle Nygate in , .

Here’s how to embed an emotional arc into the structure of your book so no one will ever know… When a character changes during the course of a narrative as...

How to Structure your Writing Without Pain by Merle Nygate
Posted by Merle Nygate in , .

William Goldman famously said there were only three rules for screenwriting: ‘Structure, structure and structure.’  Some people have an ability to structure a narrative without even thinking about it; these...

Scrivener: A Software Resource for Writers
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , .

An article from our archives – consistently one of our most popular postings! When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate...

Pacing the Thriller: Believe Me by JP Delaney
Posted by JP Delaney in , .

The one thing everyone agrees a thriller needs is pace. If it doesn’t make you turn the pages – if you’re not hooked from the get-go, and so addicted by...

Research Techniques: The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Posted by Ausma Zehanat Khan in , .

My Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty crime series features a pair of Canadian detectives who specialize in sensitive investigations in minority communities. Though the series is grounded in the multicultural city of...

Changing Genre: Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
Posted by Claire Allan in , .

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my writing career is that you will always, always continue to learn. And that you really don’t know what way the writing...

Criminal Minds: Creating a Foolproof Plot by Sam Blake
Posted by Sam Blake in , .

This past week I’ve been doing all sorts of events – from How to Get Away with Murder in Cork with Catherine Ryan Howard to hosting the Insider’s Guide to...

Plotting a Historical Crime Series: The House on Half Moon Street by...
Posted by Alex Reeve in , .

Plotting (your own downfall) Starting out writing my historical crime series has been … let’s say ‘educational’. My debut, The House on Half Moon Street, is just the beginning. I’ve...

Plotter v. Pantser: Avoiding the Locked Room by Andrea Mara
Posted by Andrea Mara in , .

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you plot your books carefully in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants? There’s no right or wrong answer, but...

Five Tips for Writing Conflict into Your Book by Martin Cavannagh
Posted by Martin Cavannagh in , .

Martin Cavannagh is a writer for Reedsy, a marketplace with tools that allows authors and publishers to find top editorial, design and marketing talent. Over 3,000 books have been published...