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16 Dec Learning about self-publishing

As we all know the publishing industry is changing fast. A couple of weeks ago Anthony Horowitz wrote a provocative piece asking ‘Do We Still Need Publishers’ in The Guardian. He mentioned a couple of newbies that are muscling in.   Apple has launched its own publishing arm—iBooks...

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16 Dec To blog or not to blog

Recently two people asked me the same question. ‘I want to write a book, but should I bother and do a blog instead? Or do both?’ I thought it was a subject worth unpacking. In those situations, I always ask: How much time do you have...

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07 Dec Squeezing the lemon

When scriptwriters are trying to squeeze the most juice out of a dramatic situation, they call it squeezing the lemon. The aim is to get the most emotion possible out of a scene. It could be the most fear, comedy or suspense. Whatever you are trying...

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02 Dec Trusting your own voice

I’ve written about finding your voice before but this week I want to investigate it further. Voice is one of those hard-to-pin-down terms that writers and readers and critics bandy about. We’re always told to find our own voice. Make it distinctive. Make it unique. But...

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25 Jun Loving Scrivener

I’ve written briefly about the writing program Scrivener before. Designed by the Cornwall-based software company, Literature and Latte, it is specificially for long writing projects. Once only available for Mac, it now works with Windows. Doubtless, it has made the practical side of writing my current...

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08 Jun Watching the transit of Venus

This week I went with my husband to watch the Transit of Venus from the Sydney Observatory. I bought tickets on a whim a few months ago when I was reading about how unique the transit is and its astronomical and astrological significance. A quick...

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31 May Weaving a story

Travel writing is often seen as a soft option. Yet it’s actually surprisingly difficult to do well. Especially in travel memoir, rather than straight travel journalism. But both require the weaving together of different strands. Some of the strands include, but aren’t limited to, the following: Description The...

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25 May Pursuing the non-linear narrative

I only made it to one panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, with English writer, Geoff Dyer, and American composer Joshua Cody, whose debut memoir sic chronicles his frenetic journey through cancer. I’ve blogged about Geoff Dyer before, particularly about his latest novel, Jeff in Venice,...

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