Thinking about Plots – part 3

Tradition has it that there are only seven basic plots. Overcoming the Monster. Rags to Riches. The Quest. Voyage and Return. Comedy Tragedy Rebirth When you see that list written down, and think of your favourite books, films and TV, then they will all fit in to some degree or another with the above. Some…

Thinking about Plots – part 2

Here’s something I didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me. Two of my favourite films are SUNSET BOULEVARD (from 1950) and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (from 1962). As a fan of thrillers about film stars (ahem, see banner picture above) I have watched each of them dozens of times and know them…

Thinking about Plots – part 1

I’m going to start talking about plots by quoting an incredibly smug man who makes the seemingly proud boast that he has only ever read one book. (An article I read the other day said that President Trump is only thought to have read three pieces of fiction. And you really don’t want to be…

Me, Writing Series, in 2018

I’m taking a break from writing about ideas this week, to give an update on where I am with my own writing. The short answer is: really busy. Really, really busy. So busy I fear, in worried thoughts in the early hours of the morning, that I may have taken on too much. But still…

Turning Ideas into Books – part 4

“But what happens if I just end up with a series of disconnected chapters?” I hear you ask. And that danger does exist, I won’t lie to you. Particularly if you’re only writing every couple of days or so, if you’re just dipping into it and then dipping out of it when the whim takes…

Turning Ideas into Books – part 3

They say you should never meet your heroes. Sometimes you shouldn’t find out too much about them either. I grew up reading Raymond Chandler’s seven novels again and again (well, the first six, I’m not sure anyone reads PLAYBACK more than once). Even though I’ve not now looked at them in years, I still have…