Happy New Year – let the next chapter begin 

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New Year is a great time to reflect, but also to plan for the future. We are in the middle of a round the world trip and so far after leaving Perth, Australia, we have visited Tokyo, spent Christmas in the UK with family, followed by a few days in Miami beach where the weather … Continue reading Happy New Year – let the next chapter begin 

A simple guide to planning a novel – part 5

A simple guide to planning a book - part 5

In Part 4 of My Simple guide to planning a novel, we looked in detail at the inciting incident. Today we will look at the remaining key plot points. Next week is our final instalment when we explore the acts of the book and fill in all the gaps. The Rhythm of a book You may not … Continue reading A simple guide to planning a novel – part 5

A Christmas Carol 

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Hoping everyone is enjoying their holiday season wherever you are in the world and whatever you may be doing.  We are lucky to be taking a break from work to spend time with family and friends in the UK this year. Tomorrow is our last day before we fly on to Maimi for the next … Continue reading A Christmas Carol 

A simple guide to planning a novel – Part 4 – The inciting incident

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In Part 3 of My Simple guide to planning a novel, we explored the beginning and the end of the story, including the opening hook / question, the closure chapter, and the epic ending. Today we will see an overview of the book structure, which we will explore in more detail next week, and then … Continue reading A simple guide to planning a novel – Part 4 – The inciting incident

Around the world starting in Japan

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Today is the second full day of our round the world trip that is taking us away from the humdrum of everyday life for nearly six weeks. This first week will be spent in Tokyo, Japan, and then it is off to the UK to spend Christmas with our family, before heading to America. I love visiting … Continue reading Around the world starting in Japan