What a question. The honest and somewhat unhelpful answer is that there’s no set way to structure a story. It’s whatever you choose. However, I know that’s not what you’ve clicked on this blog post for. So, individual autocracy aside, I’m here to offer a few top tips and a couple of wild ideas for how to use form and structure in a possible winning entry.
By Isaac Rolfe
Writing creatively is a very subjective process, and I’m far from the best aspiring author out there; this list isn’t meant to dictate exactly how you should write stories, since there’s no real right or wrong answer to that. Instead, this is a list of general pointers that can improve anyone’s work without you having to drastically change your style or ideas.
Our co-founders, Ruth and Lara, went on Radio Lancashire last weekend to speak to John Gilmore and Shigufta Khan about the competition.
It was at 8.30am, so we will forgive most of you if you missed it, but luckily for you we have a recording! Give us a listen....
Read Connie take on one of her favorite novels and write a spin off!
'The History Boys' by Alan Bennett is my literary inspiration of choice because it has a fantastic witty script and a cast of rounded, fallible characters who all play their part in telling a story of laughter and loss. I was inspired by the repeated presence of a teacher called Miss Lintott, who is clearly respected by the class of boys, but we never actually see her teach them. This spin-off is set before their A-Level exams, and sees her teach the boys on a topic referenced in the original script and Hector is already beginning to have his influence that is explored in the original play.