A Game Developer’s Advice on Genre Writing

[Edit: Link and tags removed due to the volume of spam this article generated. Why this one, I wonder?] If you want twenty crisp, insightful lessons on writing genre fiction, I strongly recommend watching this video. [Copy and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/QHHg99hwQGY]   It’s not what you think. Mark Rosewater is a…

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IT’S ALIVE!!!

I am very pleased to announce that the first draft of my third novel, Blood Artist, is complete! It has been a total blast to write this crime thriller, and I know you are going to love it. As a special treat, here is the first chapter. I hope you enjoy! There is, of course,…

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Writing…with kids

My fifth CAPITAL YARNS blog post is up. This time the topic is how to raise children while also trying to find time to write. If you have kids, this should all sound horribly familiar. If you don’t have kids, stop reading now because this may put you off entirely… Original post is here: actwritersblog.com/2016/04/19/writing-with-kids/….

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Capital Yarns – an interview with Sean Costello

My next CAPITAL LETTERS blog entry is an interview with Capital Yarns author Sean Costello. The original post can be found here, or, as usual, you can read it all below!   I was in Harry Hartog’s in Woden the other day when I came across something unusual on the counter. Neatly folded in a…

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Setting your fiction in your hometown

Ever thought about setting your fiction in the place you live? My latest blog post on the ACT Writers Centre website (actwritersblog.com/2016/03/23/setting-your-fiction-in-canberra/) looks into this very issue, weighing up the pros and cons. It is about my hometown – Australia’s capital of Canberra – but most of the concepts apply wherever you live. In case…

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First Encounters at a Poetry Slam

My next CAPITAL LETTERS blog post is up!   Head to actwritersblog.com/2016/03/08/first-encounters-with-a-poetry-slam/ to read about my adventures at Canberra’s biggest poetry slam, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!.   Or you can just scroll down!   First Encounters at a Poetry Slam Poetry is intimidating. For many (me included) it can come across as pretentious, or stuffy, or borderline incomprehensible….

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My new gig at the ACT Writers Centre

I’m so excited! Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be selected as a blogger-in-residence at the ACT Writers Centre. For the next three months, I will be blogging on their website (www.actwritersblog.com). What will I be writing about? Writing, of course! Better yet, my first post has just gone live! Check it out…

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Getting in the groove

I have taken some time off work, to write. For six months my family and I will be dribbling by on half a long service leave pay packet, freeing me up to spend some time at the computer, to walk my eldest to and from school each day, and to maybe see a movie with…

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I just attended a writers’ workshop on “other voices”…

Today I attended a workshop facilitated by Writers Victoria. It had been a while. Between full time work and raising two mad-as-baboons little boys, I rarely have time for such classes. I am so glad I attended this one! The topic was “other voices”, covering the fundamentals of creating characters that are believable and speak…

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