Wednesday Writers: Knowing What You Write

Today I made a guest appearance over at David McDonald’s ‘Wednesday Writers’ series, where I harped on about one of my pet topics: reading like a writer. Most of us are compelled to write because we love stories: hearing them narrated, staying up all night reading them, watching them unfold on the big screen. And…… Continue reading Wednesday Writers: Knowing What You Write

Tuesday Therapy: Just Keep Swimming

I’ve been slogging at two of the longest chapters in the novel in the past week, so today’s Tuesday Therapy is totally self-serving. Basically, I want to go back and edit the whole book thus far. I love rewriting, I love the editing stage, I love polishing, I love getting the phrases just so, and…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Just Keep Swimming

Tuesday Therapy: The Business Side of Art

I’m so happy that Nicole Murphy has joined us for this week’s Tuesday Therapy session. Not only is she the author of the Dream of Asarlai trilogy (Secret Ones, Power Unbound and Rogue Gadda) and over two dozen short stories, but I think it’s also fair to dub her the Queen of Useful Writing Tips. She…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: The Business Side of Art

Tuesday Therapy: Know Your Rights

I’ve said it once and I’ve said it again (and again and again): I’m a huge fan of Peter M. Ball’s short fiction. Pete’s subject matter, his tone, his concise sentences, his poignant and heartwrenchingly beautiful turn of phrase — all of it combines to make stories that I simply must read again and again…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Know Your Rights

Tuesday Therapy: A Few Keys to the Kingdom

Before reading this week’s Tuesday Therapy session, wander over to Jack Dann’s website and have a gander at his publications pages. Here, I’ll make it easy: clickity-click here and here. Gobsmacking, isn’t it? Over the past four decades, Jack Dann has edited or written over seventy-five books, including the international bestseller, The Memory Cathedral, the…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: A Few Keys to the Kingdom

Tuesday Therapy: Inhabiting Your Characters’ Skin

Juliet Marillier needs little introduction, really. Since the publication of her first novel, Daughter of the Forest, in 1999 she has published over a dozen fantasy novels, which combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. There are also strong elements of fairy tale and mythology in her stories (Wolfskin and Foxmask draw on…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Inhabiting Your Characters’ Skin

Tuesday Therapy: Finding Courage

Julie E. Czerneda is a best-selling, award-winning author of 14 novels and dozens of short stories — and, in her ‘spare’ time, she has edited over 15 anthologies (wow!) She is also one of the friendliest writers — and this is not an exaggeration — in the whole world. At Natcon in Adelaide a couple…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Finding Courage

Tuesday Therapy: What Happens Next?

Foz Meadows is the author of Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt, YA urban fantasy novels that take readers into a version of Sydney filled with vampires, secret medieval dungeons and a swan-obsessed cat — among other marvellous things! The Sun Herald called Solace and Grief ‘an absolute ripper of a debut from…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: What Happens Next?

Tuesday Therapy: The Art and Obligations of the Favour

I’ve been running these Tuesday Therapy posts since November, when I was inspired by my dear friend Angela’s comment that “you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Man, that is such a fantastic quote! So I blithely started this series, thoroughly enjoying all of the posts about writing we’ve had so…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: The Art and Obligations of the Favour

Tuesday Therapy: Taking Five Unrealistic Steps

You’d think most speculative fiction writers would have a handle on being unrealistic… After all, we spend as much time as possible inventing things, living in imagined worlds, and bringing impossible situations and characters to life on the page. But when it comes to framing our personal goals and trying to reach for our dreams,…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Taking Five Unrealistic Steps