How the Seven-Point Story Structure Can Help Your Writing

This is excellent advice – I love this blog!

A Writer's Path


I still remember the day I started writing my first novel. I felt a little lost. I knew the basic concept of the story I wanted to tell, but the endless sea of possibilities on how to get there was overwhelming.

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Getting Published… the basics…

Very wise words!

James Harrington's Blog of Geek and Writing

So in the questions I’ve had asked, a few of the same came up:

“I have the desire to become a writer, a published writer. I just have no idea where to to start.”



Hey Jim,

I’ve come to the point where I’m revising a draft of a novel for mainly grammar and wording, no more major changes to the plot. My question is, when’s the time to start looking into publishing? And where to begin on that front? I’ve never had a work published before, so this is all very new to me. Thanks for your time.


Stephen Roddewig

plasticfacesofdorothy , I’ll start with you…
Well the first question is, have you written anything? Sorry, I know that sounds extremely condescending, but believe me that’s not my intention. I know a lot of people who have said that they’d like to be published, but don’t…

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5 Star Review!

Here is another review of Richard Liveth Yet!


5 out of 5 stars


“Sweet story about Richard travelling through time just before Bosworth and entering modern day life…for a time. Not everyone likes time travel or fantasy involving historical figures but it is highly pro-Richard and actually manages to tell most of his history at the same time, so it is not purely ‘fantastical’ but can be learned from as well. The ending is absolutely brilliant, both slightly humorous and making a point at the time time about how someone may be perceived just because of how events played out…and how that might have been vastly different if events had gone the OTHER way. Worth buying just for that chapter alone”

Editing a First Draft

After I had written the bulk of my novel I had a problem – it was not all written in the right order and some of the chapters had to be moved.  This created the problem of continuity – for example I had my hero, Richard III, allowing the heroine, Rose, to call him by his familiar name Dickon, but after I moved some scenes and chapters around I wasn’t sure whether she either started calling him Dickon before he’s said or still called him Richard after he’s allowed her to be more familiar.  This meant I had to read the whole of it again and note down and change any discrepancies.  This made writing the story seem easy!  But, if you have the same problem, all I can say is persevere.  Tedious though it is, it is worth it!  Of course, if you have enough spare cash, you could hire an editor!  If not, you’ll just have to bite the bullet!

Another review of Richard Liveth Yet

A Review of Joanne Larner’s “Richard Liveth Yet”


Picture of a depiction of Richard III

Cover of my new novel – Richard Liveth Yet

There is nothing like RSI for limiting the hours spent at a laptop, so being forced by circumstance to leave my writing alone for a while, I cast around for something to read. No, not any non-fiction this time, but a real escape into someone else’s fiction. And so I settled down with Joanne Larner’s time-travel novel, “Richard Liveth Yet”.


I knew from the outset that it wasn’t a book I could have written. The thought of explaining how modern day life, gadgets, pastimes and so on might appear to someone from the 15th century was just too much. But Joanne pulls it off with immense dash and believability . . . and with humour. It is a heady mix that kept me glued to the pages for a whole day, cover to cover.


Just how might Richard III react to finding himself in present-day England? Well, it would be only too easy to make him irritating, not understand anything and being constantly taken aback by the latest electronic whatnot. That is not how he is at all. We all know he was a quick-witted, intelligent, masterful man, and so he is. Nothing in Rose’s (the leading character of the 21st century) world fazes him completely. He’s ready for anything . . . except perhaps the Trick or Treat children who knock at Rose’s door on Halloween, and he finds himself confronted by mini-witches! His superstitious mediaeval self surges to the fore! Poor Richard, in his time witches are a great dread, and here is Rose, holding out a bowl of sweets to them. Our hero is not amused.


When it comes to bringing his mediaeval prowess to the present day, however, he is in his element. Now Rose can really appreciate the phrase ‘knight in shining armour’. His riding skills are matchless, he takes part in re-enactments and can out-joust them all. He even takes part in the re-enactment of Bosworth—and suffers the insult of playing Henry Tudor! His thoughts about that can be imagined. However, his knightly skills are in evidence in other ways too, and it isn’t very long before poor Rose is all at sixes and sevens about him. How could she not be, sitting with him outside a pub, while he enjoys a pint and packet of crisps, crunching away while telling her exactly what happened at Northampton and Stony Stratford in 1483. It is touches like this that make him—and the book—so endearing.


I will not say more to spoil the experience of this book for prospective readers . . . except to grin at the thought—my own, I hasten to say, because the book does not end as you would expect it to—of all those wondrously qualified people at Leicester University discovering that Richard’s remains sported a handsome 21st century tooth implant! Wonderful.


Thank you, Joanne, for a terrific excursion into Richard’s time travel adventures, and the ending is superb. “Richard Liveth Yet” is thoroughly recommended. Anyone who reads it will not be disappointed. If I could give it six stars, I would, but as only five are the norm, I must be content with that.


Sandra Heath Wilson

15th May 2015

My first review!

I have had one review on Amazon for Richard Liveth Yet from Mrs D Penn:  She gave it 4/5 stars!

“Sat up until the early hours reading this last night and finished it tonight! I was intrigued to read of how things would have been if this could possibly happen and finding myself wishing I could be Rose… oh how I wish I could be Rose! The trouble with time travel is that it can be quite complicated and one finds oneself thinking “he wouldn’t react like that” which to be honest, I didn’t think this as often as I have with other similar books. I think it descended into just a list of facts and suppositions at times, with Richard not always reacting as I would have thought a medieval king would on learning of his fate.. But that is just my opinion – how would I know?
I did enjoy this book very much and I found myself quite upset at times reading of what might have been and I am positive that Richard would have been the best King that England hardly had, my only criticism would be that even more detail and description would have been nice about the every day trials and astonishments that Richard would have encountered with his sudden jettison 500 years into the future. He didn’t seem to be phased by the fact that the things he sold were worth £540,000 for example! This would have been a huge kings ransom in the 15th century.
It will take some time for this to leave my head, I am full of sadness and regret that this man was so betrayed in real life and how frustrating that alas we cannot go back and change history”.

How to Develop Realistic Characters

A Writer's Path


Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about what makes a fictional character believable. It’s easy to describe what a character looks like and give her/him/it a cool name. But how do you make your readers care about what happens to that character? What’s the secret to bringing your characters to life?

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