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Pen vs Keyboard – Brain Wars (or what happens in your brain when you write by hand)

What differences does it make in your brain if you write with a pen or type on a keyboard? Lots of writers believe that their creative juices flow more freely when they take to handwriting. I happen to be one of them. But is there any evidence that this is so? I wanted to know, […]

Setting Goals and Kicking Butt – the ancient Japanese art of Segokibu.

Like every other worthwhile endeavour, writing a book takes effort. Writing a whole bunch of books takes a whole bunch of effort. Writing a shitload of books… well, you get the picture. Building a career as a bankable author is a daunting task. Ask any bankable author. Apart from the very rare overnight sensation (EL […]

Too Many Stories

What do you do when you have a thousand different stories swirling around in your head? I’m asking, because its a problem I struggle with all the time – I have a lovely novel all lined up in my head, and I’ll be writing along merrily, then another idea will swamp me. Then another. Then […]

Literary or Commercial Fiction – What’s the Difference?

Recently, I read a Facebook post from a fellow member of the Romance Writers of Australia that lamented over a speech they had heard from Paula Hawkins, author of “Girl on the Train”, where she apparently dissed chick lit. But that wasn’t what grabbed me about the discussion. It was a post that suggested that […]

How much research is too much research?

Amongst my novels in progress is my nearly-twenty-year-old manuscript called The Hidden Duchess. It’s set in the time leading up to the French Revolution (1788-1789) and follows the fortunes of a Duchess who is wrongly accused of murdering her husband, and who is forced into hiding amongst the peasant classes far away from her beloved Paris. […]

Ratchet up the Suspense – Annie Seaton

Hi everyone! Today I am handing the reins over to a fellow writer and all round amazing person – Annie Seaton. Annie has written over 20 novels, is both traditionally and indie published, and brings a wealth of knowledge about the craft of writing. Today, she explains a little about creating tension and suspense, and how […]

Sometimes you just need to give yourself a good talking to…

If you had asked me last night how I would be feeling today, I probably would have told you flat, down, sad, or one of a thousand other words a writer might use to describe being in the doldrums.  I was watching the back end of 2015 pass, and feeling like crap.  I didn’t know […]

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