What makes a great story? Here are the 4 things I think every satisfying story needs.
I’m a student of storytelling. I believe that it’s the most important element of any fiction writer’s craft, and the hardest to get right. Assembling a great sentence is something you learn to do over time. In the average novel, there will be thousands of them, which gives plenty of opportunity for practice and improvement. […]
The second in my series of stories which take place on the day that my next novel, A House Divided, opens.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Sledge Lit, a writer’s festival in Derby. In one of the workshops, we were challenged to write a piece of flash fiction told from the point of view of one of the characters in a bank robbery. I got the robber (yay!).
Here’s the story that resulted.