Category Archives: On Writing: General

Over at Write Through the Roof …

Madeleine D’Este asked me some questions over at Write Through the Roof, and I tried to provide answers that did not suck.

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Poetry

White fox by Kathleen Jennings (not a puppy)

For whatever reason, I’ve been writing poetry lately.

I’m finding it a good way to work stuff out of my head and also to limber up the writing muscles before I hit the prose.

Crap at finding
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On Reading

Specifically, on the reading you need to do when you’re a writer.

Reading out loud.

In front of an audience.

This is terrifying enough on its own, but you can manage it. Here are a few hints that I find useful:

Practise your reading before you
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Signed copies of Vigil in Brisneyland

Photo by Hachette peeps

Photo by Hachette peeps

So today is the Official Vigil in stores day! As you can see by the celebrating Hachetteers to the left.

I went in to visit with the lovely Pulpsters and what should arrive as I
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Despatches from KSP – Day 14: How to Commit Critique

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Despatches from KSP – Day 14: How to Commit Critique

Well, this will be my last Despatch from KSP! Tomorrow I head home to Brisneyland and my normal life. I’m looking forward to
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Despatches from KSP – Day 11

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Despatches from KSP – Day 11: Top Five Tips for Public Readings

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the KSP Literary Dinner and talking to people who are passionate about writing
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Meanwhile, over at Kaaron Warren’s place …

st-dymphna4… I take part in her “Refreshing the Wells” series.

Angela Slatter is an astonishingly good writer. Her story in In Your Face is one of my faves of the year so far, and that’s only one of her
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Despatches from KSP – Day 7

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Art by Kathleen Jennings

I’ve written before about rejections and how to handle the dent they make in your self-esteem, and I think it’s advice that bears revisiting from time to time. One thing any writer
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Top Ten Tuesday!

jfbCoz it’s still Tuesday in the UK!

Over at the JFB blog I give my Top Ten Tip for Curing Writer’s Block.

Because I am full of opinions and bright (and sometimes not so bright) ideas.

Talking about believable characters

WQ-251-WebBannerOver at the Queensland Writers Centre WQ Magazine, I talk about my Top Five Tips for Believable Characters.

Characters: we love them, we hate them, sometimes we want to be them, but the most important thing is that, no matter how
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