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On writing: thickening plots




Late last year the amazing team at SCBWI Words & Pictures magazine asked if I would pull together a few blog posts for their KnowHow series. I’ve been a huge fan of W&P for some time, the team are really supportive of new and emerging writers, the craft of creating stories and the community as a whole.

Here follows my collected posts on ‘plot’ with some of the key things I’ve learned over the years. I hope you find them useful.


(Click title to be taken to the article)


Part ! - So you think you can’t plot? All writers feel blinded by plot sometimes…


Part II - How to get through a plot block. Includes 2 exercises (w/ways to expand & use them in your book) for you to try; & recommends a great book 'What If?' (Pamela Painter, Anne Bernays)


Part III - Perfecting plot. Did you know you can breakdown plotting from acts all the way to sentence structure. If you're stuck, with the big picture, go smaller; if you're lost in the detail, fly above to find the road that will show you the way.


Part IV - To plot, or not to plot? In the last of my #plot articles I try to list myriad #plotting options, explained #pantsing (Not what you might think it is) & how both techniques can help/hinder you.


I hope you enjoyed the articles, and really recommend reading further around the W&P site, as well as following them on twitter for lots more tips, tricks and news.

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