“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss looks back at you.” – Fredrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil When I was in the fifth grade I wrote a story for my school class about a knight…

‘IT has long been my contention that the historical novel and the epic fantasy are sisters under the skin,’ said George R. R. Martin. Those who have read his novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (or been tormented by the television adaptation) might recognise the historical framework that provides some of the…

REMEMBER the last time you threw a book across the room or wanted to sing its praises from the rooftops? Being a writer yourself, you were only too aware of its flaws or virtues. The best reviewers, as it happens, are often practising writers, so perhaps you should consider giving it a try. You love…

PICTURE a desk covered in submissions and empty coffee cups, a groaning inbox of emails, pending deadlines, and a phone that never stops ringing. Editors don’t have it easy. Many also work from home, so you can add on any number of complicating factors that steal their time. Sick children, computer malfunctions, visitors, school holidays…. Anything…

People often tell you to write from the heart. I understand why. What they mean when they say this is that you should write about your passions.  Write with truth and sensitivity and care. This is all very good advice, but when you are writing about the erotic, a lot of the work is, and…

This article is part of a series, and should be read in tandem with Writing for Robots Part 2 – Writing for a Robot Doctor. I love robots. I have written about robots and with robots. I have never written a story about a robot for such a human tool as a book. Instead, I’ve scripted characters…

INTERACTIVE narrative – stories where the audience has some level of agency to influence, effect, control, manipulate, or progress the story – presents a very deep bucket of creative potential. But interactivity is also a broad spectrum. A 3D, open-world, video game might provide a great deal of agency, where as a tablet-based interactive graphic novel…

What made you decide to self-publish your first book? I was motivated to write my first book, Selection Criteria Toolkit, when I saw how difficult it was for applicants to make any sense of selection criteria when applying for a government job. My writing tutor at the Ashgrove library in Brisbane was also a family…

I am terrible at endings. It’s not that I have trouble writing the final scene; it’s working out which scene is the right one. I could write fifteen different endings for every novel – writing endings is oddly satisfying and addictive – but actually identifying which one fits the book best is challenging. Every other…

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