STEAMPUNK world-builders should follow the three basic principles of all fantasy world-building. Discard your world after you’ve built it. Yes, you have to know how everything works, every detail of its geography and history, but then you should push it all to the back of your mind and wait to see what the story actually…

Writing what you know – fusing fiction and fact. THE term ‘write what you know’ means having a thorough understanding of your themes, your environment, and your characters. Without it your work may lack the author authenticity readers (and publishers) demand. The deeper your understanding, knowledge and/or experiences relate to your theme, the more formed and…

IN 2013 I began writing poetry with the goal of being published. This same year saw poetry plagiarism scandals break in Australia and the UK. Much was said of the issue of plagiarism and plagiarists but not too much emerged on how to combat the issue, nor on how to advise neophyte poets on avoiding…

JSD ‘Stan’ Mellick has provided a compelling A to Y of Queensland locations that have inspired poets, playwrights and writers since separation from New South Wales in 1859. The work of about 530 writers, up till 2009, is covered. Writers’ Footprints: A Queensland Literary Companion (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010) points ‘to the many places in…

IT’S no secret that Shakespeare coined the phrase ‘sea change’, or that lots of Aussies dream of one day getting out of the city: semi-retirement, starting over, simplifying their lives, or as I did recently, downsizing to a home on wheels and hitting the road in search of more small towns to inspire new stories. This…

The Darkest Little Room necessitated a series of scenes in Vietnamese brothels that were among the most difficult I have had to write. At the time of writing the novel I had worked for a couple of organisations in Vietnam and China that dealt with human trafficking, enough to know that the vast majority of…

INSPIRED by last year’s inaugural Indie Authors Down Under signing event on the Gold Coast, two Sunshine Coast bloggers have established a similar event for the north coast. Kat Smith, who blogs at katsbookpromotions.com, teamed with fellow blogger Angel Steel, a writer of romance and erotica, to establish the Naughty Sinners Book Bash. The event,…

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