Category Archives: Plotting

Workshop Mentoring Opportunity

Having run EnVision which was a 5 day mentoring opportunity for writers to polish their books under the guidance of an experienced author, I know how useful this opportunity can be. So I’m delighted to announce that the Gold Coast … Continue reading

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What Tansy Did…

I thought I’d do a round-up of what the ROR writers have been up to… Tansy Rayner Roberts says: I’m working on a Victorian chivalric romance with robots right now, which is great fun, while I wait for other news … Continue reading

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Margo Reveals What it’s like inside a ROR Crit Week!

From Margo … A Deepening ROR—a wRiters On the Rise workshop, from the inside First there’s a bit of foreplay. Someone pipes up online: “When’s the next ROR?” Someone at the other end of the country: “I’ll have a novel … Continue reading

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Raring to ROR…

As some of you might know our ROR writing group gets together every 12 – 18 months to critique our books in progress. Back in 2001 at the first ROR we read Margo Lanagan’s Black Juice anthology and wept over … Continue reading

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Is that a door opening or are you just pleased to see me?

Back in March 2011, Angry Robot Books, a UK-based publisher that generally only accepts agented submissions, held their first Open Submission Month, an experiment to see whether there were any unrepresented gems floating around the submitosphere that might be of … 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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Ian Irvine Reveals 41 Ways to Keep Readers Turning the Page!

 41 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN SUSPENSE IN FICTION PART ONE – CHARACTERS AND THEIR PROBLEMS According to top New York literary agent Noah Lukeman (The Plot Thickens), if a writer can maintain suspense throughout the story, many readers will … 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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Nicole Murphy – what I’ve learnt since my trilogy sale

Or … The joy of being a newbie writer.   July 1 marks the official release date of Rogue Gadda, the third and last book in the Dream of Asarlai series. It hasn’t even been two years since I got … Continue reading

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