Creating Characters With Believable Desires Who Will Drive a Story To Glory!!!!

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I wish to Heaven I was married,” she said resentfully as she attacked the yams with loathing. “I’m tired of everlastingly being unnatural and never doing anything I want to do. I’m tired of acting like I don’t eat more than a bird, and walking when I want to run and saying I feel faint after a waltz, when I could dance for two days and never get tired. I’m tired of saying, ‘How wonderful you are!’ to fool men who haven’t got one-half the sense I’ve got, and I’m tired of pretending I don’t know anything, so men can tell me things and feel important while they’re doing it… I can’t eat another bite.” Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

The excerpt above tells the reader everything he needs to know about the character of Scarlett O’Hara.

She’s feisty, bright, energetic, extravert, restless, under-stimulated and driven.


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An Invitation to Write A Big Load of Words!

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Welcome Writing Geeks!

You are cordially invited to Write A Big Load Of Words [WABLOW] day with us tomorrow, Saturday 22nd March 2014.


Dress code: Pajamas, a golden boob tube and micro shorts, old pullovers and tracksuit bottoms, dressing gown only or, depending on the weather, a ball gown and trilby.

 Refreshments: Several flasks of gin, coffee, tea, absinthe or sugary liquid of your choice. Chips, tahini, hotdogs, salad and dips, ice cream, blueberry crumble and custard. That sort of thing.

 Entertainment: A series of uplifting writing related quotes and the kind of personal motivation writers need when they roll up their sleeves in order to get the words on the page and WABLOW.

Please play the music of your choice and feel free to dance after every 500 words in order to increase blood flow to the brain and typing fingers. Tell your family and…

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Secret Tips For Novelists #1- Why your Main Character’s Lowest Point is your Writer’s Sweet Spot

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Writers all get the first drafts of their novels down in their own way. Some just start writing and use their first draft as an exploration to actually find out what their story is (these writers are often referred to as ‘pantsers’, i.e. those who write by the seat of their pants). At the other end of the spectrum are the plotters; those who make meticulous detailed plans, worked out on spreadsheets, pie charts, flow charts, blueprints, mind maps and Venn diagrams.

We have to discover our best way of working for ourselves.

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At some stage or another we all have to turn our first draft into a final one. So whether you’ve got a huge flabby sprawl to whip into shape, or a really quite toned form already, before you send it Out There, you need to check that your story works for a reader…

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Write Your Novel in a Year is Now Available All Online!

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I remember the exact date I decided to I was going to be a writer. I jotted this down in my journal: “Today I resolve to take writing seriously, to keep going and never stop, to learn everything I can and make it as a writer…” James Scott Bell

Here At Last! The All New All Online Write Your Novel in a Year Course

We’re happy to announce that due to popular demand the new All Online version of our Write Your Novel in a Yearcourse is now fully operational. Thank you to everyone around the world who has persuaded us to launch this exciting new project.

 This will run from June 2014 – June 2015.

We are taking bookings from today.

Places, as always, are limited. We like to focus on our students and give them a high level of individual teaching, feedback, support and book…

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Act One – How to Write a Good Beginning…

Here’s a great way to outline the first quarter of your story. J

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Act One – The Orphan

Once upon a time, in a land far away there was a King and a Queen and they had three beautiful daughters… but the most beautiful of all was Psyche.

Adapted from Greek myth, The Tale of Eros and Psych

The Archetypal Pattern of Act One

The archetypal pattern of act one is based around the Call to Adventure. Without it there would be no story. In order to Cross the First Threshold your protagonist must be summoned by circumstance and encouraged by Meeting the Mentor.

So those are the three main scenes or pressure points of Act One.

  1. Call to Adventure – does your MC accept or refuse the call?
  2. Meeting the Mentor – the mentor might be a single individual or simply someone or something wearing the ‘mask of the mentor.
  3. Crossing the First Threshold – remember the importance of contrast in…

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