How I Write

This section contains a selection of articles about how I create my stories and books.


My Writing Recipe and Story Plan

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2. IMAGINATION - add some WHAT IF? 

The words 'what if?' open up your mind and activate your imagination!!!

Ask yourself more questions - who? what? where? when? how? to gather more ingredients.

Your story must have:
Characters, plot (the action) and setting/s.
A beginning - start with one main character. Give him/her/it a problem. (Another character perhaps)
A middle - let your main character try to solve the problem once, twice, three times at least but the problem gets worse! Keep your reading guessing Keep the excitement rising - how is it going to end?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 June 2010 11:36 ) Read more...


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I want my readers to identify with my main character/s early on.
I therefore try to involve the reader right from the start by
a) showing character’s ‘“Bum!” Poppy punched her pillow!
... How could Mum be so mean?’ (When Poppy Ran Away. Andersen Press)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 13:56 ) Read more...

How To Improve Your Writing

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(Notes for teachers which can be adapted for use with pupils of different ages and abilities and circumstances.)

I'd find it hard to write a good story in SATS conditions!

To produce a publishable script most writers do several drafts, editing as they go along. In the final draft the writer will have expressed his or her thoughts as precisely as possible. Through carefully chosen words the writer’s thoughts can enter someone else’s head. Don’t make pupils redraft all their writing. It’s hard work and may be discouraging, but do encourage them to try and improve some pieces. It's encouraging for some to learn that they can take their time to improve a piece of writing. They don't have to get it right first time.

When you write a story think of the story in your head as a film, with characters, actions, locations and atmospheres. You may also want to suggest tastes, textures and smells! A film arouses thoughts and feelings with moving pictures and a sound track. A written story does all this with words alone.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:26 ) Read more...