Books for Writers
My first novel for chlidren was rejected because, according to the publisher, it had "a weak plot and a flat ending" Looking back, I can see that she was right but, at the time, I was shattered. So I set off the study how stories work and eventually learned how to create them. So when I decided to write about writing, it was natural that the first topic I decided to cover was plotting.
Although I'm best known as a children's author, I also write for adults and the skills involved in creating stories are the same whatever your audience. So these books are for any writer - not just those who write for young readers.
Plots and Plotting
How to create stories that work
All authors work differently. So this guide to planning books and scripts doesn't give you a set of rules you must follow. Instead, it shows you how stories work and the processes involved in creating them so you can discover a way of plotting that works for you. To make the book as useful as possible, I've tried to avoid using jargon and I've illustrated my ideas by plotting a new story within the book. I've also included a troubleshooting section to help you sort out problems with your story.
Not yet available. The book will be published later this year. If you sign up for my newsletter, I'll let you know when it comes out.
Scenes and Sentences
How to write stories that work
While I was working on Plots and Plotting, I kept thinking of important issues that didn't really fit in that book. So I'm creating a follow up book about the process of bringing your story alive on paper. This will cover dialogue, description, viewpoint, pacing, handling emotion, linking scenes together and many other topics. If there's anything you would particularly like me to include, please let me know.
Not yet available because I haven't finished it yet. If you sign up for my newsletter, I'll let you know when it comes out.