Category Archives: Characterisation

Paula Weston asks: Why aren’t YA books as respected as ‘adult’ books?

Today we have Brisbane based author, Paula Weston, whose debut YA fantasy Shadows has just been released from Text Publishing. Paula is going to talk about her passion, writing for Young Adults. She raises the question why are YA (and … Continue reading

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Sean the Blogonaut on Writers, Reviewing and Websites

Rowena has very kindly invited me to discuss how reviewers find an author via their web presence, what they look for on author web sites and finally, what they look for in a book. Who is Sean and why should … Continue reading

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Part Two of Ian Irvine’s 41 ways to Keep Readers Reading

41 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN SUSPENSE IN FICTION PART TWO – PLOT AND STRUCTURE The first part of this article dealt with suspense from the viewpoint of characters and their problems. This part looks at ways to create suspense … Continue reading

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The Inner Life of a Successful Writer

Back in the late nineties after I had my first children’s book published I wrote up a Beginning Writer’s Checklist (here’s the updated version). Recently, I came across this post The Common Traits of the Successful Writer by Bob Mayer, … Continue reading

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Paul Mannering: How did I get here?

For the first time ever, Angry Robot opened its doors to independent submissions. New Zealand based Paul Mannering – along with thousands of other hopeful writers – submitted the first five chapters of his SF/Zombie-horror manuscript Tankbread. A long-time member … Continue reading

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Sally’s insight into the Allen&Unwin/QWC Children’s Manuscript Development Program

When I heard that Vision member Sally had been offered a place in the Allen and Unwin/QWC Children’s Manuscript Development Program I thought ‘You lucky thing!’ So I invited her along to ROR, now Sally is going to share her … Continue reading

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Grab that reader in the first 10 minutes

There’s a saying in movies that you have to grab the viewer in the first ten minutes. Next time you’re watching your favourite movies take a look at what has happened by the ten minute mark. By the time those … Continue reading

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Finding your Character’s Voice

This is a Sunday Craft post that’s turning up on a Wednesday. The VISION list has been discussing how writers find their character’s voice, so I thought I’d ask the RORees for their insights. Richard Harland: How do I find … Continue reading

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