About

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My name is Ellen Allen and I’ve loved reading ever since

I discovered Enid Blyton in a corner of my classroom. The Magic Faraway Tree, anyone? I wrote my first book at age seven, called “Me, myself and I” detailing all the things that I loved to do (reading Enid Blyton, writing books about hobbits, making lists about books…)

I’m an indie author living in the south of France and am pretty obsessed with how all the pieces of writing fit together – the planning, the plot, the rules, the imagination, the characters, the grammar, the structure, the endgame… there’s too much stuff to remember and a lot of the information that I’ve discovered about how to write isn’t that good or even well written (oh, the irony in reading advice on writing that isn’t well written…).

This is where I document the best ideas I find on how to write (and plan to write) well.