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Cinderella Is Pretty Crap Actually

It’s also totally ok to call out fairytales or their tellings for being pretty uninspiring. I had to take my daughter to the doctor the other day and she found … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Visualising my WIP

I keep thinking my WIP is so much further along than it actually is.  I keep writing words, but it’s like they pour into some black hole of completed novel … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Creating a 3 Act Structure from Scratch (Pt 2)

This is the second part of a ‘how to’ on creating your own outline with a 3 Act Structure. You can find the first part here, which dealt with getting … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creating a 3 Act Structure From Scratch (Pt 1)

So, you’ve heard of the 3 Act Structure.  Someone’s told you it’s a good idea.  Whether that’s true is another question.  For now, let’s look at what the 3 Act … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing About Magic: Book Review

I’m working my way through a collection of books about writing and sharing the results here. Today’s offering: Writing About Magic by Rayne Hall. In summary This is a concise … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

From Vague Idea to Story Concept

Let’s say you want to write a story about a topic that interests you.  Let’s say you’re mad about motorbikes.  How do you start developing that idea into a story? Here’s a process I … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

7 Questions Guaranteed to Improve Your Opening Chapter

Does your opening feel lacklustre?  Just a bit off? It’s not the general subject matter.  It’s how you frame it.  Some writers can make you beg to read about paint drying, while airlines manage to … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tash McAdam on Killer Verbs, Buffy, and RPGs as Literary Bootcamp

I love a good action thriller, by which I mean the kind of book you hold white-knuckled, promising yourself at 2am that you’re really, seriously going to put it down … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Writing Painfully Banal PG-13 Hollywood Comedies You’ll Ever Need

This book provides the perfect guide to writing movies I loathe. Key example movies in this book made me want to hurl pointy objects at the screen when I saw … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 Things About Books That Only Smart People Understand. Number 6 Is So True

Why do those clickbaity titles cluttering up your internet just lead to lame videos and lists of the best kinds of vegemite from the 80s? What if they led to something … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

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