Plotting Fiction: has it all been done before? 5 ways to keep fiction fresh.

This infographic about Man Booker 2011 prize plots got me thinking. There are only x number of plots in fiction. Some have argued 7, some have argued 36, some have argued over 100. So how do you continue to keep it fresh? High concept: big plot ideas (THE LEFTOVERS, THE AGE OF MIRACLES) with traditional humanContinue reading “Plotting Fiction: has it all been done before? 5 ways to keep fiction fresh.”

How are you going to grab the reader’s attention in the first 5 pages?

It doesn’t matter how good the end of your book is if the reader isn’t swooped in by the beginning. The beginning needs to be a mix of introduction, intrigue, quality writing–and it’s a precarious balance. Too plodding and you’ve lost us. Too much information and we’re drowning. There is no room for a slowContinue reading “How are you going to grab the reader’s attention in the first 5 pages?”