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selling a convoluted plot

I didn’t intend to blog today, but the book I’m reading is irritating the hell out of me for a couple of reasons, so here I am to vent my spleen. (Lucky you!) The book is I Kissed an Earl, … Continue reading

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never, never, never, never give up

I misquote Churchill, because “never give up” galvanises me more right now than “never give in”. Though maybe the latter is more constructive. Maybe this is war. After a couple of weeks of productive writing (which coincided, without coincidence, with … Continue reading

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the perfect mum vs the mum you love

I’ve been tackling an interesting aspect of character recently. The mother of my protagonist (Abigail) is in a coma throughout the whole of my YA novel. I’ve been conscious of needing to create their relationship pre-coma, so that the reader cares … Continue reading

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the brilliance of Terry Pratchett

when I was young and my older brother was reading Terry Pratchett, and my younger brother was about to start reading Terry Pratchett, his books still had those dizzying, vulgar (I’m not sure whether I mean that in a positive … Continue reading

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happy happy happy

I have been talking a bit about my new novel teacher – the strange creature who understands my genre. After tonight’s class she deserves yet another mention. My teacher is Toni Jordan, a Melbourne-based writer whose first book, Addition, did … Continue reading

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