Whose Story Is It?

Whenever you sit down to plot a story (or even to think about a story) one of the first things you have to ask yourself is this: “Whose story IS it?” It seems like a simple question – but your story can succeed or fail depending on how you handle...

Just Too Convenient

Some time ago I happened to critique several scenes in one week for a writer. In two of them, she’d made life much too easy for her characters. In the first scene, complete strangers offered the children shelter and food. In the second, one of them needed to...

Before You Start to Plot

Here’s a quick question for you: what’s easiest to write – a ‘woman in jeopardy’ story or a police procedural?   If you are (or have been) a police officer, then ‘police procedural’ might be the answer for you. If you know...