Practical advice on writing TV scripts, novels, short stories, stage and radio plays, and screenplays.

Writing Stories

This small website is based on my own experience of writing TV scripts. The same basic principles apply to writing stories, stage plays, screenplays, novels, radio drama, and any other fiction. My aim is simple: to cut through all the hogwash found in books on ‘How to Write’!
Writing a story doesn’t require a mountain of complex techniques. In my experience there are some basic creativity techniques, and about half a dozen essential ingredients which create a compelling story. The only other things you need are passion and practice.
So this site explores those half-dozen basic ingredients that feature in all good novels, plays, TV scripts and screenplays. Additionally I’ll pass on creative writing techniques which I use for developing story outlines, writing scenes and so on. Above all, this site will be practical, with lots of advice on writing stories.
I’m pretty busy with other stuff, but every so often I’ll try to add another page of ‘things I wish someone had told me before I started’ — and I hope you may find some of them useful in your own writing.
Disclaimer: Please note that pages on Story Insight are my own personal opinions, and other people are likely to disagree with me! None of it should be relied upon as professional advice. All I know is how it worked for me.
Good luck!
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Web Site Contents

Starting Out
Creative Writing
Writing a Story
Writing for Different Media
The Business of Writing
Further Resources
(Note: if you're looking for scripts and screenplays, try the Links to Web Sites page.)