Category Archives: Carol Jones

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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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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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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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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Universal Plots: the unlikely hero on a quest

It’s hard to write a completely new story. Most stories are new versions of old stories. The characters might be a little different, the setting might change but the plot is similar to ones that have been written before. There’s … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: creating the central conflict

Have you ever started a story then given up because it seems weak and pointless? Have you ever written a story that seems to drag on forever yet goes nowhere? Perhaps this is because your story has no point of … Continue reading

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My stories in Cricket Magazine

If you are outside Australia and cannot borrow my books from your local library, you will find two of my stories in Cricket Magazine. ‘Sonnet Girl’ is published over two issues, February and March 2006. ‘Postcards from Hawaii’ appears in … Continue reading

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