Monthly Archives: August 2013

Can characters shape the plot?

“I usually have one firm character, perhaps two, and an underlying theme – certainly a situation. And from then on, if it works at all, the characters shape the plot rather than the other way round.” Jessica Anderson in Yacker … Continue reading

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Subtext: the art of saying what can’t be said

I’ve noticed that during times of extreme emotion or fear I’m at my most inarticulate. Either my mind goes blank, or is so full of raw emotion words don’t form coherent patterns. In fiction it’s often the same for characters. … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice “Cover to Cover”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The Honourable Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet-Darcy cordially invite you as their honoured guests to Newcastle’s Civic … Continue reading

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Winning over Short Story Competition Judges – Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at what judges look for in a winning short story. This post deals with how to send your stories to competitions to give yourself the best chance of success. 1. Identify your market. If you’re … Continue reading

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Winning over short story competition judges – Part 1

My friend was once told by an experienced short story judge that she wouldn’t win any competitions with her stories. Not because they weren’t good enough, but because they didn’t follow the ‘competition formula.’ By formula the judge meant plot-driven … Continue reading

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