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Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

  Telling Imaginative Histories I prefer to read and write character driven fiction. Don’t get me wrong both plot and setting are important to me, but they don’t excite me, either as an author or reader in the same way that characters do. Characters bring stories to life. The novelist, Dame Hilary Mantel, gave the… Continue reading Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

My Writing · the writing process · Writing

Writing Fiction: The how, the what, and the why of what works for me

It’s all about the story…     When I start writing a novel, I’m not sure where the story is going to lead. But, as an author of both adult and children’s fiction, I do at least know which audience the novel is aimed at. Other than that, once the seed is planted, I wait to… Continue reading Writing Fiction: The how, the what, and the why of what works for me

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Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction

  A Fictional Hierarchy     There seems to be a consensus which says that literary fiction is first and foremost about themes and that commercial fiction has character, plot and setting at the forefront. There also seems to be an apparent hierarchy to the above elements of fiction which places themes above the other three. And… Continue reading Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction