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5 Tips To Spark Creativity

People don’t ask me many questions. In my current incarnation as a grumpy old man I must turn people off, and they wince when they see me coming. Sure, my kids ask me questions – especially my son – but not many others do. Maybe it has something to do with me being a smart-arse […]

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5 Things I Dislike In Writing

Well, here we are, another week, another list. Now, I’ve been pretty positive in my ramblings here up until now. But recently some stuff I’ve come across has made me enter grumpy old man mode, a mode I am all too well-versed in, being grumpy, old and a man. I have been a member of […]

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Rejected Story Ideas

When you claim to be a writer, amongst the many questions you get – normally right after “Do you write all day long?!” – is “Where do you get your ideas from?” I’ve discussed this before, but sometimes a person will then follow this up with, “Do you have any ideas that didn’t work?” Curse […]

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Keeping It Real [on dialogue]

Ahh, the joys of reading… I’ve been reading a bit over on a site called writing.com where I occasionally go. I do reviews, have a few pieces there for people to read, that sort of thing. Generally, it’s a place I go online to read some short pieces of fiction (and occasional essays and the […]

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The Physical Act

Something odd’s happened to my writing of late. You see, for the past 20 years (or so… I’m old, numbers now mean less and less to me) I’ve generally written on some sort of electronic typing device. Starting with the good ol’ Commodore 64 in the 1980s, through various incarnations of the Pentium through to […]

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Links, bits, and pieces

Quick one! I forgot to post this when it first came out (I think) – a review of Long Pig, written by Arthur Sanchez, and in which he likes my story. It’s on the Whortleberry Press site, about here somewhere. A new book has been released, and it’s an interesting one. Short (very short), only […]

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My Favourite Book Scene

Written works – much like movies – are made up of scenes. Some are short, some are long, but it requires all of these scenes put together as a whole to make a full coherent story, and a story that works. In that regard, it is often hard for people to pinpoint a certain scene as […]

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5 Favourite Movie Adaptations of Books / Stories

In general, in my opinion, books are better than movies. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is that what I see in my mind’s eye is generally better than what I am presented with on the screen. I guess that the vision of the film-maker is what we’re given, and that […]

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5 Favourite Characters

I recently looked over an online ‘course’ on “developing characters” designed to – to quote the sales pitch – “make your characters come alive and jump off the page into the reader’s reality.” Needless to say, for $US75 and a nebulous sort of outcome as well as vague promises of writing riches, I never went […]

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Novel #33

Okay, let’s get the bad stuff over with first: I forgot I even sent Gorgon With the Wind to a publisher who had a call for modern takes on classic stories. But I must have because I received a form rejection for it last week. Rejection Total: 176+1 = 177 Okay, now the next bit, […]

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