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Plot cannot be just one damned thing after another

John Mullan incorporated novels and TV series into a recent essay on plot. A good plot engages the reader by posing questions. The ideal plot hides its own structure in plain sight. Plot is often regarded as the domain of

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Is the path to a novel littered with short stories?

If you want to write a novel, is it best to develop craft through short stories or jump straight into writing the novel? Short stories build craft through a short cycle of writing and feedback, building skills that can be

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Talent and Craft

Talent comes naturally, craft needs to be learned. All writers have some talent but very few have enough to manage without craft. Critiquing helps to identify the gaps in our talent. Develop craft by writing stories that emphasise areas where

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