ONE of the hardest challenges writers of all formats face is getting inside the head of their characters. They have to find out who these people or creatures are, what their motivations are, and how the story world looks from their perspective. Then, the writer must try to take these facts and creatively portray them in…

We were thrilled to interview Dr. Peter Aitken ahead of the launch of Emergency: Real Stories from Australia’s ED Doctors. Peter Aitken is a Queensland-based Emergency Physician with a special interest in disaster medicine. Apart from clinical shifts in the Emergency Department he has also worked in aeromedical retrieval services, disaster response, academic roles in universities as…

ONE of the lovely things about writing romance is creating intense, intimate scenes (not just the steamy bits!) where characters reveal their souls. I love writing those scenes. However, a couple taking the journey into love inevitably also belong to families and societies. To my regret, frequently those other people enter the story. Even more to…

ANYONE who has felt the gut-punch of grief will tell you that emotion is experienced in the body. As writers it is our job to bring this visceral dimension to our characters. We’ve all been told about the importance of using the five senses when we write, but to really bring our characters to life we…

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