I like roller coasters. I enjoy the short wait before I sit in the car and wonder what will happen. I enjoy the thrills and the fear as the roller coaster climbs the first hill and I start to expect what will happen. I enjoy the point when you get to the top of the first peak. and you think that this is going to be brilliant or this is going to scare me to pieces. I enjoy the thrills as we race towards the end – turning upside down and zooming around corners. And when I get to the end, I think ‘Oh, its over’ as I get out of the car. This is how I want my readers to feel. This is how I want my adventure novels to read. At the start we climb the first slope, in the middle we reach the top of the roller coaster and then it’s a great ride all the way to the end.
If you now have ideas for a plot. How will you structure it? If you love maths you will love this! It's my logical side coming out...
In my opinion three is the magic number. An average novel is 90,000 words. How do I break it up? I break it up like this:
In the end, I will have twenty seven parts or chapters of approximately 3,000 words each, which is a lot less daunting than sitting down to write 90,000 words. But others plan differently, here are three examples from other authors - Joseph Heller, James Joyce and Jack Kerouac.
I had an enjoyable time working with the students at Prague British School. We created characters, wrote stories, acted them out and I spoke about my life as an author. On the Monday, I also conducted the assembly on why I love literacy and the history behind literacy. I think literacy all came with our ancestors first imaginative thought in turning a rock into a spearhead.
Thank you to Prague British School for the invite and here are some photos of my week with them.
is the author of the popular 'Adventures of Eric and Ursula' books. The series have been called 'wonderful' and 'fantastic' and are 5 star books on Amazon.