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August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hand-written and hand-drawn journals.

When I was 19 I went to visit my brother in Vietnam,  he was working so I found myself with  time to spare.  I went backpacking by myself for a … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing Prompt: Family Blackmail

Your main character is  a fearless 59 year-old woman. The story begins in a cinema. Someone is being blackmailed. It’s a story about family ties. Your character takes control of … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Imagine: Science Writing Prompts

Imagine of all the objects made from plastics suddenly disappeared. How would your life change? Write an imaginative piece describing this. You may wish to talk to someone over the … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing Prompts about a Pathogen.

“This is an awesome idea for a story.” Maybe it doesn’t kill people,  but acts in a symbiotic/parasitic manner giving super intelligence and coherence to animals. Or,  it gives immortality … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Today is a victory

Today I wrote 277 terrible, terrible, beautiful words.

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Real Life Writers

I met a lady yesterday, the girlfriend of my father-in-law’s oldest friend, who is a crime writer. Novels, awards, short stories: the works. I didn’t really talk to her much … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Storytelling Experiences

Storytelling is one of the most powerful techniques we have as humans to communicate and motivate. What are your best tips for telling stories? Have you had similar experiences with … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

I Am Your Market: Library Pull List

Driving home on Sunday, I happened upon the radio station for Vision Australia. I love a good AM station when they veer away from talkback and into radio report land. … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

HOW to Be A Writer by Barbara BAIG

Read 2 chapters today. Did some visualisation exercises from it about ideal writing place and actual writing place. I did this using the stylus that came with my phone (samsung … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finished A Chapter

Just wrote 328 words before bed to finish Chapter 14 of my stream of conscious novel “Mutants Walk Amongst Us, Scrabbling, Scrabbling.” I only set out to write a single … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Steam Punk Word Painting

“Consider using words like gush, mumbling, whirr, and plunk. These onomatopoetic terms will add sensory detail as well as provide readers with more complete understanding.” “Understatement prevents writing from becoming … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reflecting on Writing and Alcohol

Last night, I drank some tawny port from a flagon and went for it. In the light of today, it was terrible stuff that upon reflection should make me give … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Where did that writing come from?

I just wrote 500 words of authentic prose on a romantic fantasy short story I set aside last year. I opened up the file, expecting it to be another story … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Just finished a book: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, and boy are my fins tired….

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most exciting last third I’ve read for some time. It became a real “can’t put this down” book. … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

When to use a Simile

Simile’s can be over used and over the top. They can enliven writing that needs it, however. The key is to only use it when you want to offer insight. … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Yesterday I Wrote

Yesterday, I wrote. I wrote 100 words of my next No Rest instalment (the horror novel that I am writing with Kid Killagin) while waiting for the hot water to … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Return of Submission Monkey

I submitted a piece of writing to a real magazine. One that is recognised by one of those big science fiction associations. It was a flash fiction science fiction piece, … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Today was a big success. Yes, I successfully

Firstly, apologies to those on my email list for all the “30 Day Blogging Challenge” entries. They are actually from last year, I am moving my writing.com blog from there … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

dare to daydream

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. Agatha Christie Letting in the theta waves is a great way to let ideas come to you … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The answer to “How do I keep writing” at last!

I’ve had this one in the bottom of the bag for a couple of days. A little bit of synergy happened to me the other day. I was at work, … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

5 Steps to Plotting Individual scenes

I have developed a new writing formula for plotting scenes. It is a breakdown process suitable for the smaller story arcs that should be found in any longer narrative. It … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Adding Characters

I promised this guy I game with – okay, he’s more then that, he’s one of my best friends – that I would include his latest DND character in my … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where Are My Manners!?

So, I’ve started writing again. At last. Not well, not great volumes of it. But Im writing again. I actually finished an instalment of No Rest. I’ve just gone over … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Victory Day

Just wrote 196 words on my next scene for No Rest. This is the biggest lead up scene to a giant action event and pivotal moment. I’ve been obviously been … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hanging It

Learn a framework, and you can hang anything on it. Learn the structure of haiku, and you can make a poem out of any sentiment. Learn the structure of a … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

2 Great Writing Email Newsletters Worth Subscribing To

I am pretty old school. I still love email. In fact, I still love mailing lists. These days, everything old is new again, and now I love email newsletters. It’s … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

3 Tips on How NOT to Write Fiction

Tip #1: Paint Your House. The outside. Tip #2: When painting the parts of the house that no one will ever see (like roof side window sills on a cathedral … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Making Words Count: Flashback Sequences

Last night, on a whim, I started a random story. I wrote 226 words before my nerves got the better of me. It was trash, but it was meant to … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jurassic Dead

We can stand and marvel at the intricate workings of the brain. Experiences, memories: ripples of light, Synapses carrying messages. Watching it from within, a room full of people are … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

There’s a story in every moment…

…how do you choose which ones to write about?

December 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

What does it mean to write?

What does it mean to you when someone says “to write?” What does it mean to them when someone says they are a natural to writing, that they have an … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Identifying with Underdogs

I follow a great little aussie writer. One of her many extracurricular activities (let’s call being a writer her main job, even though technically it’s not) is being the slushpile … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Happiness, this new year, brings.

Happiness in a personal sense is rushing to snap this piece off for the 30 Day Blooging Challenge. My wife and kids are already at the beach. I’ll be there … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Day at WDC

http://www.writing.com/main/handler/item_id/1134192-The-Best-of-the-Rest Today, I entered this competition. I’m hoping to win so I can pass on the GPs earned to the Ultimate Champ. Kiss me luck! I also rentered my “grits … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Omifod! Somebody donateded!!??

Well gonna have to do something about recognizing the great people who are donating towards the Annual Detailed Writing Prompt Comp Champ.(or whatever that title ends up being!) Like this … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Notes on Kami Brings the Hellfire

http://www.lifeandothertragedies.com/kami-brings-the-hellfire/ I wrote this last night natter one of those creative flashes you often get. The visuals fully formed. So for once I actually sat down and just wrote it. … Continue reading

December 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

My Best WDC Promotion Scam Yet

I put an auto-reward of 75 gift points on the Detailed Writing Prompt Comp instructions page. A potential entrant kindly offered these words to me in order to get his … Continue reading

December 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

(scandal!) Content Rating Changed over Innocuous Word!

I sometimes feel like the most hated person on WDC. — This Intro Rating change was made for the following general reason: Brief Description Content Is Not ‘E’ Rated. Item … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

My love/hate relationship with Writing Prompts

The first rule of writing is not don’t talk about writing. That’s actually a sub-clause of the real number one rule for writing. The first rule of writing is “Make … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

…On Pseudonyms

James Chivallo. Daryl Hackett, Nicole Quinterro, Dana Springfield, Louis Blackburn Jnr, Some Other Bloke, Prophet Ra, Duck the Third, Mark Delgado. These are just some of the nom de plumes … Continue reading

October 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

How It All Began at Writing.com (for me anyway)

I Had just completed a 8 week beginning creative writing course athttp://www.allwriters.org and had some down time before starting their how to write flash fiction course. I didn’t feel like reading … Continue reading

September 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

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