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May 24, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 4

SpecFic for Fun and Profit I’ve never bought into the genre writing vs. literary writing argument, because it doesn’t take too much research to find out which side makes most of the money. You can’t eat accolades after all. If you want to make a living from your writing, you…
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May 17, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 3

Writing mythic spec fic: 6 tips You’re setting off on an epic quest. You plan to slash through jungles, slay monsters, summon storms, and conquer civilisations. But how do you get your readers to follow you? With a powerful story to capture and sustain their interest, they’ll happily share your journey.…
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May 10, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 2

Putting the characters in the driver's seat by Graham Davidson Why be a control freak when you can let your characters drive the story for you?  Put a group of Spec fiction writers together and they’ll often get caught up in the Pantsers versus Plotters debate. For those unfamiliar with…
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May 3, 2019

Spec Fic Writing Pt 1

Take Us To Your Reader by Michael Tippett Let’s address the oliphaunt in the room, shall we? Speculative fiction is finally getting the respect it deserves. Not too long ago there was a stigma attached to being a genre writer—more so if you huddled under the ‘spec-fic’ umbrella of horror,…
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April 25, 2019

Writing History Part 3

Thomas Keaneally's Error In my last post I referred to the writerly error of “changing the date of the Battle of Waterloo”, ie getting the facts wrong in relation to a topic that’s easy to check.  I was disappointed when I read Thomas Keneally’s Daughters of Mars, a novel of…
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April 19, 2019

Writing History Part 2

'You can’t change the date of the Battle of Waterloo' Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble Some years ago I attended a workshop on Creative Non-Fiction.  When I mentioned this to a friend who, like me, was working on a biography, she looked puzzled.  How can nonfiction be creative? Doesn’t…
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April 11, 2019

Writing History Part 1

Carriage 'B' of the northbound CountryLink at 1.50pm Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble I’ve spent most of my working life writing – but for someone else!  Study notes, exhibition guides, newsletters, council reports, strategic plans, you name it: schools, a museum and the planning departments of local government.  It…
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April 8, 2019

2019 Newcastle Short Story Award

  Hunter Writers Centre was thrilled to present the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award prize ceremony on 5th April. Annabel Smith, judge, flew in from Perth to talk about her judging experience, her own writing journey and gave tips to writers about entering competitions, coping with rejection and explaining the…
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March 26, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 4

The Comfort of Horror Fiction Crime Writing with Megan Buxton I find horror very comforting. I can just see the raised eyebrows as I write that. The modern world is terrifying enough – war and terrorism, senseless crimes on a daily basis. Why subject yourself to more? Stephen King, probably…
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March 18, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 3

Home Sweet Home . . . or is it? Crime Writing with Megan Buxton   Carly scrambled from bed, stumbling and snatching at the darkness, caught between fight and flight. Where? Where was he? Listening, straining for sounds, she heard the thump of her heart, the dry gasp of her…
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March 7, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 2

Women and Crime Crime Writing with Megan Buxton Crime, mystery and thriller are the most popular genres in Australia - a large percentage of book sales come from this category and I’ve made a substantial contribution to that statistic. There’s an ever-increasing TBR pile on my bedside table and I…
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March 1, 2019

Dark and Loving It – Crime Writing Part 1

Dark and Loving it Crime Writing with Megan Buxton   I love a good murder. Don’t be alarmed. I’ve never actually killed anyone; nor am I likely to (though my partner might debate that). I am also, I hope, unlikely to be the victim of a violent crime. But, according…