Category Archives: On Writing: General

Competitions, Crafting Through Critiquing, and the Short Story: Some Notes

Art by Kathleen Jennings

This is another redux article ( I wrote the original version for The Australian Writer’s Marketplace back in the mists of time).

Competitions, Crafting Through Critiquing, and the Short Story

I’m often asked how to win short story writing competitions:
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On the Ancient and Secret Art of Formatting – Redux

Art by Kathleen Jennings

I wrote this post back in 2010 – remember 2010? When we could travel and didn’t feel the urge to torch-and-pitchfork anyone who coughed near us? Remember airports? Remember complaining about them? Remember how bad the coffee was and
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Top Ten Tips for Curing Writer’s Block 2020 Redux

Art by Kathleen Jennings

We’ve all been there, had those moments when even cleaning the toilet seems better than writing. Some days the words are not interested in you at all and you reciprocate in kind. However, you’ve got to finish this piece
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How Long Does Stuff Take?

Art by Kathleen Jennings

And by “stuff” I mean a career as a writer.

To start off, remember this: it’s unlikely that the first thing you write – be it short story or novel or article – will be the first thing you publish.
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The Dead Girls Club: Damien Angelica Walters

1. What do new readers need to know about Damien Angelica Walters?

She is the author of The Dead Girls Club, Cry Your Way Home, Sing Me Your Scars, and Paper Tigers, which is no longer in print, although I think there are
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Claiming T-Mo: Eugen Bacon

What do new readers need to know about Eugen Bacon?

My writing is a curiosity, unconstrained by form or genre. I take on aspects of my characters, immerse myself into their worlds. The writing is a search, a coming through. It
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What to Do When You Don’t Have a Book Coming Out

Or

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting

Being a writer may well mean writing all the time (in which case, you’re fortunate), or writing in as much of the day or night as you can steal from
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Time Moves Differently Here

Art by Kathleen Jennings

The thing about writing a book is that it takes so long. And this is not a complaint, merely an observation[i]. This is my personal experience.

Bookering, bookerisation, bookification …

From the first tiny spark
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Ten Things You Need to Know about Grants*:

Art by Kathleen Jennings

I’ve been fortunate enough to be awarded some grants during my career (by Arts Queensland, the Copyright Agency and the Australia Council for the Arts). To balance things out, I have also not received many of the grants for
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Danielle Kaheaku: In Extremis

Today, Danielle Kaheaku talks about her forthcoming novel, In Extremis, and other writerly stuff. An award-winning ghostwriter and editor, Danielle Kaheaku has worked in the entertainment industry for the past twelve years. She has active memberships in the Science Fiction & Fantasy
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