CROWDFUNDING is an enticing concept. Sign up with Kickstarter, and the pledges start rolling in. By harnessing the power of an enthusiastic crowd, you (and they) can ensure that a beloved niche project gets off the ground. But crowdfunding isn’t a ticket to easy money – even ‘successful’ campaigns run into financial difficulties later on…

NOVELS are big. I’m stating the obvious, but only because it bears restating. Novels are hard to write because there’s so bloody much in them. That’s one of the reasons why we love them, of course. You can lose yourself reading a novel in a way you can’t with short stories or poems. Which is not…

‘Writing a picture book is like writing “War and Peace” in Haiku.’ – Mem Fox Mem also offers tips for writers on her website such as: ‘Remember that a picture book is 32 pages. In printing, the pages are folded in half, then in 4, then in 8, then in 16, then in 32 which…

CHANGING a single word in a sentence can make it into a good sentence. Changing punctuation can do the same thing, according to Lydia Davis. Look at Davis’s new first line of Swann’s Way: “For a long time, I went to bed early.” The comma makes it hesitate. Compare it to the Moncrieff (1954) version: “For a…

IT’S been a long time since I watched a TV show at the same time it entered into the cultural Zeitgeist, but the combination of Netflix coming to Australia and the recent release of Daredevil, Season 1, means that I’ve inhaled thirteen episodes of comic-book awesomeness at the same time as everyone else is watching it….

Joe Abercrombie is an English writer who has hit the best-seller lists with ‘gritty’ fantasy novels, starting with 2006’s The Blade Itself. He was a guest of GenreCon, hosted by The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, in Sydney in November 2012. This is an edited excerpt of his ‘in conversation’ with WQ editor Jason Nahrung. Where did…

READERS tend to be extremely forgiving when a good story grabs them, and we fantasy writers rely on this suspension of disbelief to pull our readers down the rabbit hole of our twisted imaginations. It doesn’t take much though for the reader to pop back up out of the hole with an expression of disappointment when…

What was the initial appeal of digital narratives for you? When starting to work with digital narratives in 1995, the allure was based around: 1) the ease and excitement of collaboration and 2) the novelty and newness of using the internet to create networked and interactive fiction. My first attempts to create digital narratives were…

I am one of those terrible creatures –  the non-linear writer. I write my scenes all over the place, and usually have no idea where I am going. This often used to bite me on the bum. When I mainly wrote short fiction this was less of a problem. Novels require a lot more discipline…

WITH their focus on contemporary culture, creativity and narrative, the Brisbane Powerhouse has launched the IRL Festival. This twelve-day event is a convergence of live performance, art and gaming through exhibits, film, installations and the two-day conference, Analogue Digital Brisbane. Founder of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and previously director of The Sydney Fringe Festival,…

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