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old friends


I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been reading the Marshall Plan for novel writing. Marshall has a methodical approach to novel writing that doesn’t quite jell with me, nevertheless it’s important to read these guides and glean from … Continue reading

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What do you think: Cultural literature


I read an article* today about non-Aboriginal writers using Aboriginal characters and Aboriginal themes in their fiction. The article was quite severe in its criticism of non-Aboriginal writers, but I couldn’t ignore writer Melissa Lucashenko’s point: it is inappropriate to … Continue reading

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Writing rules: what to ignore and what to follow


Like any craft there are rules for prose writing. There are formal grammar rules, but there are also other rules for fiction, some good, some slightly ridiculous. I’ve selected a few rules to demonstrate that the rules of writing are … Continue reading

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Write everything down


It’s just after 9 pm. My husband and I are at the dam face not far from where we live. It’s cold, but not unpleasant. The she-oaks, which normally sing even with the slightest breeze, are quiet tonight. The clouds … Continue reading

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Unorthodox questions for your character interviews


“Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam, butterscotch clouds, a tangerine and the side of a ham”. This is what Cynthia had in her lunchbox in Prince’s song Starfish and coffee. Bear with me, this is going somewhere . . . … Continue reading

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