Fiction vs Non-Fiction

The simplest way to differentiate the two is that Fiction is not true and non-fiction is true. Non-fiction involves real people, places and real events. Fiction is all made up.…


Elements that make a good suspense story

The two most important things about a suspense story is to 1) keep the reader’s interest and 2) keep the reader guessing as to who the ‘bad guys’ are and…

third person

Writing in the Third Person

In creative writing, authors choose between writing in the first, second or third person. In writing in the first person the story uses ‘I’ and ‘we’. ‘I went to the…

writing formula

Do you have a writing formula?

I’ve been asked by friends if I have a writing formula. I would have to answer ‘no’ but with an explanation. Some writers put together a very detailed outline, outlining…


Crafting the story’s close/resolution

Before I started this book I had a general idea how I wanted it to end, the crime that was committed, and the people responsible. At that time I had…