If you’ve got an idea for a novel but you’re struggling to flesh it out into something with plot and coherency, you’re not alone. The more I work on developing my novel idea, the more I feel like I’m trying to carve a sculpture…in the dark…without a reference photo. It’s easy to come up with…

GenreCon 2019 is almost here and we want to ensure everyone has the best conference possible. To help achieve this we’re introducing a new app, Storyline, to help everyone find their tribe no matter where they sit on the Introvert-Extrovert spectrum. So, if you’re coming to GenreCon make sure you’re prepared and download the free…

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  Written by: Alan Baxter Publishing has never been a straightforward business, but in the old days it was less confusing. The avenues to publication were restricted and everyone had to follow more or less the same procedure. The “gatekeepers” established the rules and we had no choice but to dance to their tune. These…

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Written by: TM Clark What do Hannibal Lecter, Cruella de Vil, Darth Vader, The Sheriff of Nottingham, The Joker, Norman Bates, Bellatrix Lestrange and Gollum have in common? Answer: All villains. But they are so much more than just villains. They’re Supervillains. Amazing villains. Despicable and atrocious villains. Characters we hate. Or is it that…

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I turned the milestone age of 60 this year, which caused me to pause and consider the three ages of writing that I’ve lived through in that time. A metaphorical archaeological dig uncovered the Bic Age, the Remington Age and, of course, the recent IBM Age. As a youth in the 70s, my 5-cent Bic…

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So here’s the situation. You’re at a writers’ conference. Or a literary festival. Let’s say you’re lining up for coffee. Or you step into the lift. And there, right beside you, is the publisher, or agent, or editor of your dreams. They’re at your mercy. There’s no escape. Now, you have a big opportunity. You…

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Written by M J Tjia This year my third Heloise Chancey novel, The Death of Me, will be released in October. With each book, I’ve found I am getting to know and care about the characters more and more—both Heloise and Amah Li Leen, but also the characters who surround them in each novel. I…

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Written By: Charlie Hester On Saturday the 28th of September, Melbourne-based trans poet, author and philosopher, Quinn Eades brought his ‘Writing the Body’ workshop to the Queensland Writers Centre. While Quinn’s vast theoretical knowledge was evident throughout the workshop, what was most impressive was his ability to speak personably about these theories and with clarity,…

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GenreCon: There are heaps of conventions, many of which offer literary programming, so why choose GenreCon? What do you hope to achieve by attending? Lee: Hi, and thanks for inviting me! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of literary conventions, and for a number of reasons. Firstly, they’re a fantastic way for writers…

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By: Andrea Baldwin Conxiety: feeling nervous about attending a convention, conference, or any large gathering where there’ll be noise and bustle, and high levels of intellectual, emotional and social stimulation. If you struggle with conxiety, you’d probably be surprised how many others do too. It’s totally a thing. But it doesn’t have to be, especially…

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