I am writing a one-hour script to be broadcast as 5 mini-episodes. For my first draft I wrote the whole play as one story. But the structure requires more discipline: each segment must tell its own little story, seamlessly advance the main story, and end on a cliffhanger. How do I keep the action moving […]
The new Star Wars trailer came out recently, official teaser #2, and it contains a rather brilliant example of the effective use of 2nd Person Point of View (PoV) I was talking about in an article a few weeks ago.* Check out the trailer below and you’ll see what I mean.
When I was 19 I wrote a novel called “A Peculiar Betrayal.” I feverishly typed it out between watches on ship, scribbled its chapters in notepads on buses and trains; I filled it with all the angst and spelling mistakes I could muster. Of the handful of literary agents I dared sent it to, two […]
Last July my father and I decided to have a go at one of the exercises from Scott McCloud’s book Making Comics[i]. Each of us would draw a 16-frame comic, one frame at a time, emailing the other a copy of the new frame after each was done. We would then email back instructions for […]
Narrative Perspective or Point of View (PoV) controls how the reader interacts with the world of the story. In part one of this series of articles I talked about the balance between intimacy and clarity in first and third person. In part two I used the second person to illustrate the ways in which the […]
I'm a doctor of law and economics, a qualified barrister, and a retired British naval officer. I have written for journals, collections of academic writing, and newspapers including The Economist. I also write scripts, short stories, and am finishing a novel just so I can throw it on a bloody bonfire. This blog charts my efforts to avoid fiction-related fire hazards.