Tag Archives: writing

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

Posted in on writing, review | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in on writing | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in on writing | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in on writing, review | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in on writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

creative panic/headless-chook mode

you know that feeling, when you realise how many great ideas are banking up in your mind, and then you compare them with what you have physically produced and you start panicking? An ms under revision, partly-written plotlines that will … Continue reading

Posted in on writing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

gruesome mermaids

Me and Cat were talking recently about the stories we wrote as teens. I was consumed by a melodrama that has only matured somewhat. As we were talking I remembered the feel and texture of one of my notebooks – … Continue reading

Posted in on writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments