THERE’s a particular kind of arrogance that can trip up a new writer (and sometimes even an experienced one) and it goes something like this, “I just wrote The End, so it’s all done.” No. The End, to paraphrase The Mummy’s Imhotep, is just the beginning. Your first draft is just that: a draft. It needs tender…

SEXUAL encounters and emotional intimacy are part of life. Ipso facto, they are part of fiction. Whether you’re writing science fiction, thrillers, a zombie rom-com or a rural romance, chances are that you have two or more characters either in or developing a closer personal relationship. Chances are, too, that eventually you’ll need to write…

We talked to award-winning author, Marianne de Pierres about starting out, worldbuilding and her tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Want more? Marianne is speaking at Transmedia Storytelling in Brisbane on Thursday 20 August. For more information, visit bit.ly/transmedia-brisbane.

Check out the first part of How to Build a Romance on plot and story here. Dissecting your hero, heroine, and their relationship. Who is this person and what do they want? What makes them interesting and unique? Are they likeable? Why should your reader care about them? Would you want to be friends/in a relationship with…

Edit in order. Do structure first, then copy (line) edit, then proofread. Always. Always. Don’t waste your time making sentences pretty while you still have structure to address. If you don’t know the difference between the three, find out. Get external input. You will never see your story as someone else will (though the skill…

DO you appreciate a whole lot of action in your story, but also want an emotionally uplifting ending? Do you love writing a tense scene with impossibly high stakes that you know is going to force your characters into a life-changing decision? So do I and that’s why I write Romantic Suspense, a ‘two for the…

AS a book editor, I’m often surprised by the trepidation first time authors can feel about the copy editing process. There’s this view of the copy editor as a ruthless pedant who’s going to attack their writing and force them to make unwanted changes. In truth, a good copy editor is probably the most attentive…

“Anyone who tells you there’s a right way to write is a lying bitch.” – Nora Roberts   The general definition of Romance as a genre is a story where the development of a romantic relationship is the central plotline and a happy ending is ensured. Many people disparage romance’s addiction to the Happy Ever…

AS writers we search, often unconsciously, for a form that suits our concerns. Many of us experiment with short stories, poetry, or longer forms such as the novel. But there is another, incredibly satisfying form through which a writer can explore myriad voices, plots, settings, characters, themes and images – that of the very short…

This article is part of a series, and should be read after Writing for Robots Part 1. DURING my work on ‘Robot University’ I was commissioned to write a short creative work for the inaugural Deletions Online Forum of Science Fiction Studies. I thought about the theme of ‘deletions’ and decided to make this the governing…

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