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I’m a freelance and fiction writer and this is the place you’ll find advice, tips and behind the scenes of my writing life and business.


Angela Slatter on Authority in Fiction

Recently I’ve been trawling back through some of my most admired author’s blogs to try and piece together their literary career. So I can replicate it exactly and ride their coattails to success of course. One of those author’s is the fabulous fabulist Angela Slatter. When I was in my late teens possibly early twenties…

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Mary Robinette Kowal on Writing Short Stories

I’m a big fan of the Writing Excuses podcast. It’s how I first discovered Mary Robinette Kowal‘s sage advice and wonderful fiction. Recently I’ve been trying to brush up on my short story writing skills and was lucky enough to stumble across this brilliant guest lecture from Mary Robinette on writing short stories. She dives…

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Writing characters that can be adapted for the screen

In a previous role I was lucky enough to meet with one of the CEOs of a pretty major animation studio. They were looking for children’s fiction with non-human protagonists who, rather than being children, were childlike. Think Shrek and Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. As an aspiring writer I also know that the prevailing…

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Writing on the Train

If you use public transport to get to work each day, chances are you have a chunk of free time in which to write. When I was working full time in Sydney my commute was more than 2 hours each way. When people heard how long my commute was they always assumed it was a…

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