New Resources Page

My old self-named author site is being shut down – I find this website ample for the now. In the process, and in preparation for next month’s NaNoWriMo, I’ve created a Free Resources page holding some free PDFs from previous post series, my own infographics, and of importance, the refound NaNoWriMo Checklist document.

You will find the Free Resources page from the top menu.

In the process I discovered that several posts from a few years back have somehow just gone missing off the blog here. If the resource page has some dead links, or errors, please leave me a comment and I will amend.

7 Masterplots or More… [Resources]


A few days ago I published “7 Point Structure” in response to an email question. But, over the time in writing and publishing I had returned to my email questioner to ask exactly what was meant – when she talked about 7 Plots, did she mean “7 Plot-points” or did she mean “7 plots as in Master-plots”? The response back was identical to the initial question – she meant 7 Plots. Which wasn’t ideally helpful.

But such is writing – just about everything we talk about has one or two different names for the elements of a story, and sometimes we can’t be clear on what it is exactly that we may be looking for. So here are the 7 Master (or Basic or Universal) Plots.

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Character Archetypes – From Archetype to Character

Some timely news to tag onto the full 26 post series describing some character archetypes: There is now a brand new workshop on turning archetypes into full characters. And it’s on special if you get in quick.

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Character Archetypes – Z for Zoologist

archetypes zoologist

Okay, for Z I’m taking liberties and actually titling with a career choice, not an actual archetype, but the zoologist or animal loving character has a few tropes to work with.

For the real zoologists out there, forgive me. But here we will talk about the fictional animal fanatic, and some of the purveying symbolism in using animals in our stories.

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