Let’s do some plotting

The most recent free resource pack from the National Centre for Writing focuses on PLOT and, once again, is chock full of goodies. There’s Nicola Upson on the podcast, Okechukwu Nzelu on designing the plot of his novel, Inua Ellams connecting plot to style, and me going on about how Read more…

Digital tools for writers

Playing catch-up on a few interesting bits and pieces, first of which is to highlight a contribution I made to a free resource pack for writers over at the National Centre for Writing. This one was all about METHOD and featured insight from Jenny Offill, Eimear McBride, Bregje Hofstede and Read more…

Balancing plot, theme and character

As a less experienced writer I used to obsess over plot. Plot was everything. This seems to be the case for a lot of people who aren’t writers, too — a common criticism of a film or book will be that “the plot isn’t very good”, or “the plot’s a bit basic”. When I used to write as a kid, my entire focus would be on trying to formulate a twisty-turny, intricate plot.