Getting to know you

Get to know your characters before you write. Sit down and chat with them. Let them tell you about their loves, what their hates, about what they find fascinating or boring. Let them ramble on about their background, their upbringing, their religious and political beliefs and attitudes. Find out their reasons for living and theirContinue reading “Getting to know you”

Dialogue is like going out on a date

We never say exactly what we mean, but we hint at what we want. We dance around the question instead of coming right out and saying what’s on our minds. Listen to your characters speak. If you can’t hear them speak, then most probably what you want them to say, most often ought not toContinue reading “Dialogue is like going out on a date”

Keep a journal and write your way into clarity

Write a journal and become the editor of your own life, imposing on an untidy sprawl of half-remembered events, a narrative shape and organising idea. Writing can help you pay attention to your life. Writers who keep journals produce more work than those who wait for inspiration to hit them. Writing every day keeps theContinue reading “Keep a journal and write your way into clarity”

Put your protagonist in the dock

How do you know what to write? Where do you begin? You have an idea and you want to build it into a story. So, put your protagonist in the dock Start with the Opening StatementsBefore the prosecution and defence present evidence and witnesses, both sides have the right to give an opening statement aboutContinue reading “Put your protagonist in the dock”

Write the truth as you know it

Truth is grey, not black and white. What we believe to be true can change. Above a door at the German Naval Officers School in Kiel, there is an inscription that reads: Say not ‘this is the truth’ but ‘so it seems to me to be as I now see things I think I see’.Continue reading “Write the truth as you know it”