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My background is in screenwriting. I studied it at Post-Grad level, and have written for numerous television series. I’ve also written short films, half-hour animations, and feature scripts. My YA novel The Haunting of Lily Frost is a ghost story and as such, requires certain things. Like being scary. If a ghost story isn’t scary nobody is going to read it.
In this session I talk about my own experiences writing this book – from a first draft that was very tame and quite dull to a much more scary book with genuine twists and turns, and how I came to use Hollywood film techniques to do this. I breakdown the book into a traditional 3 act structure, showing turning points, inciting incidents and how the structure works. I talk about genre techniques used in film and how they can be used successfully in writing novels. Then I talk about what scares us, and invite the students to discuss what scares them. How we use what we’re scared of when we write ghost stories.
Writing two of the books in the Choose Your Own Ever After series for Hardie Grant was fantastic, but also very difficult. Because of the way they’re written, they require incredible plotting. They are quite unlike anything else I’ve ever written. More like plotting a TV series than a book, ‘Choose Your Own’ books require […]