Thursday, 16 June 2011

Amazing Writing Tips #2: The Importance of Plot-holes

Plot-holes - with extra google-y
goodness for some reason.
Recently a not so experienced writer came to me and asked how they could deal with too much plot in their book. I get asked this sort of question all the time, given that I'm such an established and talented writer. There is a secret to managing plot levels and that is plot-holes.

Plot-holes are the colander to the boiling potatoes of plot. If you don't have any plot-holes you'll just end up with a big pile of mush. In fact the more plot-holes you have the better, just look at the popularity of 'The Da Vinci Code'. That had some whoppers.

Get your plot-holes right and the rest will follow.

Good Luck!

Mark

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

A load of Faf!

Me and my spoon
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Bookseller Awards. I thought I could meet some interesting people and fashion a completely awesome blog post out of it. Instead I got drunk and said/shouted something incoherent at Danny Wallace. I'm sure he didn't mind, he has the kind of hair that attracts drunken shouting. So instead you get a picture of me with a spoon on my nose.

So then, as I toiled over my UV2012 synopsis, I thought I'll write a blog post about how to write a really good synopsis. But obviously to have any weight and meaning I'd have to win UV2012 first. Only then will people listen to me, stroke their beards and nod in agreement.

So instead you get a blog post about nothing what so ever.

But I do look good with that spoon.

Cheers,

Mark