Author Archives: Carol Jones

About Carol Jones

Carol Jones is the author of 'The Concubine's Child', set in 1930s Malaya and The Boy With Blue Trousers set in 1850s China and Australia. Born in Brisbane, Australia, she taught English and Drama at secondary schools before working as an editor of children's magazines. She is also the author of several young adult novels as well as children's non-fiction.

Random Thoughts on Getting Started with Story: Princess Story Ideas Number 3

Do you love a good Cinderella story? Do you stop to read magazines at the check-out if they feature Prince Harry on the cover? Have you followed Kate Middleton’s path from college student to mother of the future king of … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: Dystopian World

A lone citizen seeks to escape or overturn a totalitarian society that has arisen after a global disaster. Often called dystopian fiction, the protagonist of this universal plot is usually an insider rather than an outsider in the society. Although … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Getting Started with Story: Princess Story Ideas Number Two

Real royals can be more exciting than fictional ones! If you want to write a story about a princess or a queen and are stuck for ideas, why not look to history for a true-to-life story? You can dramatise these … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Getting Started with Story: Princess Story Ideas

People searching for ‘princess story ideas’ often wind up at my blog, where of course there are no ‘princess story ideas’ — yet. I guess the search engine picks up on ‘notahollywoodprincess’ and the category ‘story ideas’ and sends them … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: Rags to Riches

The hero fallen on hard times rises to fame or fortune through luck or determination. Why do we like reality television so much? Maybe it’s the lure of the rags to riches story — someone rising from obscurity to fame and/or … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: I hate you/I love you

I’m a sucker for the hate you/love you plot. You know the story. Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. Girl catches boy. Girl throws boy back then gets teary when she realises that girl really really loves boy. Or vice … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: A further thought on star-crossed lovers

If you are interested in the star-crossed lovers plot you might go back to the Bronte sisters who mastered this plot in the mid-19th century. Both Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre and Emily’s story Wuthering Heights are masterful examples of the … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome: Write a single scene

I wrote recently that sometimes the problem of not being able to end your narrative can be more a problem of not knowing how and where to begin. One suggestion I have for writing your story in a short narrative … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome One: Start in the Middle

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing a story is knowing where to begin. You may know what your story is going to be about, who the characters are, what the main idea is and how the story needs to … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: the star-crossed lovers

Last week I talked about how most stories are new versions of old stories. Revisiting one of these universal plots is a good way of getting an idea for a new story. Today I’d like to talk about one of … Continue reading

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