Okay writers, listen up. E is for Editing. Yes, I know, it’s not the sexiest word out there. Far too many of us writers avoid editing as if it were some deadly disease. Trust me, it’s not going to kill you. Think of it more like an immunisation for a deadly disease, rather than the […]Read more "E is for Editing"
A call to my fellow writers residing in Australia, check out this short story competition: Boroondara Literary Awards 2013 Best of all, it’s free to enter. Stories should be between 1500 and 3000 words, and the closing date is 30th August 2013. May the words be with you! Peace out xoxoRead more "Short Story Competition"
Words strung together Rudiments of a story Inadvertently formed Through the penning of thoughts Especially close to the heartRead more "WRITE – An Acrostic Poem"
I write because I would go mad if I didn’t. It is my outlet; my sanity. So in a way, it’s selfish of me. But then again, to breathe is not considered selfish; it is simply understood as necessary for survival. My head is an explosion of ideas, colours, fragments, the unwritten. Sometimes someone tells […]Read more "Why I Write"
It’s been a while since my last post. After finding my groove and setting aside regular time to write, a situation happened that caused me to put down my pen (or laptop) and not pick it up again. I was so frustrated, because I knew what had caused my break in writing, and disheartened to […]Read more "Get Back on the Horse"
“I live in Panorama,” Christiana told me, as we made the short trip from the airport to her home. “Pano meaning over, rama meaning view. It is an over-view, a panorama. You see? It makes sense. Every word, it comes from the Greek. You give me any example in English, I tell you how it […]Read more "D is for Dialogue"
Hillsong Church’s creative team has just started a ministry for aspiring writers, “The Writers Guild”. At last night’s masterclass, we had an expert panel taking part one of “So you want to write a book one day?” Here are the notes I took, and if you can understand my scrawl, enjoy!Read more "So you want to write a book one day?"
1. The rebellious fairy 2. Circus School 3. Ski school 4. The runaway 5. The wishing well 6. Atlantis retold 7. The dragon dancer 8. Kingdom of Pryder 9. Lazy Daisy 10. Tilly & the dolphin There you have it. Ten of the many ideas that are currently floating around my head in embryonic form. […]Read more "10 Story Ideas"
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: characters are key to the success of your story. You can have the most brilliant storyline, but if your characterization is weak, you will be unlikely to connect with your audience. On the other hand, there are many successful authors whose plot is dull, but the loveability […]Read more "C is for Characters"
Ever find yourself stuck for character ideas? Or do your characters somehow seem not believable enough, too vague? A good way to develop your character is to have a picture to look at. You’ll find your creativity sparked and ideas flow when you look into the face of someone. Try this exercise. Grab a newspaper, […]Read more "Creating Characters: Read the Paper"