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Death as Device.

I read a book recently, which I enjoyed, but in which one of the characters dies a rather tragic death. It’s not the main character, but someone who’s close to the main character, and so has a profound effect on … Continue reading

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Darling Words of May

May is not Spring here in Australia. For us here in the south of the continent, it’s usually the first cool month after several hot, hot, hot months, and it’s a time for us to recharge and revel in the … Continue reading

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Saying ‘no’.

I went to my writers’ group meeting the other day, which was a delightful experience as always. We were talking about editing and feedback, and one group member said that she sometimes found the editing process hard, because editors often … Continue reading

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Ideal Conditions.

I read a short essay today by Jo Nesbø over at Lit Hub,  where he describes the perfect writing room–an ideal space, which he doesn’t use, and it got me thinking about how often we put off doing something because … Continue reading

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Your First Editor.

Can you imagine how awesome it would be, if you had an editor on hand to re-read passages you’d written, and give you some ideas of what worked, where you’d repeated yourself or added redundant phrases, where the story was … Continue reading

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Write What You Know.

The first time I was given this advice was in primary school. I think I was about ten years old–already  in love with writing stories, so much so that I did it in my spare time. I imagine it was … Continue reading

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Feedback

An author I follow on Twitter posted this the other day, and I’ve watched it a few times since, and each time, it’s made me chuckle. Both as an editor and a writer, giving and receiving feedback takes a lot … Continue reading

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It’s Time.

Last year, I went to a couple of sessions of the Writers’ Festival which is part of the Perth International Arts Festival. One of the sessions was a panel featuring some writers talking about their characters, their methods, and when … Continue reading

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Handmade

I was in the car on my own recently–something which doesn’t happen all that often, and so I took the opportunity to listen to the CD which happened to be in the player. One of the songs, Everloving, by Moby, … Continue reading

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Worth it.

Sometimes I think it’s easy to slip into the idea that writing isn’t worthwhile, because it’s not a ‘basic need’. We need medical staff and truck drivers and electricians and market gardeners, because they provide us with everyday necessities and … Continue reading

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