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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 Underrated or Overlooked Novels

When people talk about the “best” books, or their favourites, often they are guided by peer pressure or by what they think should be the best books. Or if an author is the topic of discussion, the same old books are trotted out as supreme examples.  This means that a lot of books are overlooked […]

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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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Laziness

When I started doing this I promised myself I wouldn’t go more than 2 weeks without posting something (barring going on holiday or the like). Well, maybe I was a little hasty in that. I have been very slack as of late as I plough my way through my latest attempt at a novel (now […]

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Novel #32

Yep, another novel… But, before then, let’s update the rejections! Spandex Dreams was rejected because (and I quote) “we feel it would be too difficulty and would ruin the integrity of the story to eliminate the Australianisms throughout.” And Voyage Home was short-listed but failed to make the final 5 in a YA novel competition. Rejection Total: […]

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Odds and Sods and Links… oh my!

It’s been a little while since my last post. Sorry, for the three of you that look forward to this. I’ve been busy-ish writing. 20k+ words in a week and a half and no signs yet of stopping. One of the joys of being a “writer” – writer’s diarrhoea. It certainly makes up for three more […]

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Confusion? -or- What’s a short story?

I recently sent a story off for an anthology. Standard, and, like 60% of the stories I send out, destined for rejection I thought. And, sure enough, after two weeks, back came the e-mail. But the rejection was not the normal “thanks, but you suck” email I tend to get (especially from Australian publishers), it […]

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Stealing some advice from Lucy Clark

Quick one. I was recently sent this from a fellow writer. It comes from Lucy Clark (I hope this is the right Lucy Clark), a romance writer. 5 Tips To Writing Your Novel by Lucy Clark (with added comments by me) 1. If you don’t write your story, who will? (Seems basic, but it is the […]

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Novel #31

Okay, final one for now. Voyage Home is a young adult fantasy story that clocks in at about 70k words. In it, a young man and his girlfriend are transported to a world created and ruled by a witch. But because the young man has wounded her, her sister now has the opportunity to destroy […]

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