Category Archives: On Writing: General

You Are Not Your Writing & Other Sage Advice

Oh, hello, my poor neglected blog!

Just popping in to share a lovely review from Reviewers of Oz of my Brain Jar Press chapbook You Are Not Your Writing & Other Sage Advice! This little book is part of
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Watch Your Backlist: Five Points on a Theme

Art by Kathleen Jennings

You’ve been writing for a while. Several years, in fact. You’ve even been publishing some (or a lot) of what you write.

All those stories are defunct, right? After they’ve appeared, and gone through the awards cycle (where they either
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Writer Chaps!

The latest project from Brain Jar Press is the Writer Chaps series, which is now up for pre-order. Season One contains writing advice from myself, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Kaaron Warren, Alan Baxter and Sean Williams. (Do I love
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All the Murmuring Bones: Reviewers!

Hi, All.

All the Murmuring Bones, my first novel for Titan Books, will be out on or about 9 March 2021 (in Aus, the UK and the US). It’s a gothic fantasy set in the world of the Sourdough and Bitterwood mosaic collections (from Tartarus Press).

Titan will have the novel up at NetGalley in the new year, so if you’re a
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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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