It’s one of the most popular questions writers get asked. With much the same answers too … story inspirations come from everywhere! What you see, hear, smell, taste. From memories. From books. From your heart. From words and images. It’s the same for writing school … Continue reading Where do story ideas come from?
Authors are funny animals. We inhabit storybook worlds; and sometimes reside in our characters’ heads. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of fictional characters coming to life. Adversity McAllister is someone you won’t know yet, but soon you will. She’s the young protagonist in my completed manuscript, … Continue reading On making a character live … the inside story
BANG! KAPOW! The visiting author punched her way through the dreaded Sizzling Start. ‘Who will rid me of this bothersome writing term,’ she screamed, valiantly, desperately. Sorry, no offence meant to all those teachers (valiantly) trying to teach kids short story writing to fulfill the … Continue reading Off to a SIZZLING START … or not!
Ahhh, Science! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I became a scientist at the age of four when curiosity reared its head. It was the day my mother killed a chook. My father reckoned its head was still attached by invisible threads. Mum, … Continue reading Curiosity, dead chooks, science and the S.T.E.M. push
That’s like asking how long is a piece of string. There are endless articles written on this genre – most provide very useful hints in your quest to write the genre, and most as useful as a ball of string. Imagine the uses for a ball of string! … Continue reading What makes a winning short story?