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Why ‘omit cliches’ is not complete advice

I recently read The Children’s Bach, a novella by Australian author Helen Garner.  This is a very ‘literary’ portrayal of a surburban family facing a disruption.  I have to give it … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Game of Thrones Season 8 Predictions

In case the title wasn’t a give away, there are totally going to be spoilers for Seasons 1 to 7.  If that is a problem, stop reading now… Like many … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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