VIRGINIA Woolf did it, Franz Kafka did it and so too did Susan Sontag. But what about more contemporary writers? Many of them keep journals too. Take Joan Didion, for example. She started making notes of things from the time she was just five. And then there’s David Sedaris, one of America’s most respected humour…

We spoke to screenwriter, Vicki Englund about her inspiration, writing for different mediums and romantic comedies.    

A while back I attended a party in honour of a visiting best-selling author. I was duly introduced and ended up chatting to him about the obvious: the way we write. Convinced a rapport was developing, I ventured a more personal question. ‘So what do you do about the self-doubt?’ He stared at me as…

PACING is the heartbeat of a story. Broadly speaking, it is determined by how rapidly events occur in order to serve the story to best effect. When employed correctly, pacing will propel a reader from beginning to satisfying conclusion. Getting it wrong, on the other hand, can kill a story dead. Although generic concerns may influence…

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