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…

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…

One would think that after taking out a top tiered novella writing competition I would know all there is to know about novellas. Writing them. Reading them. Selling them. The truth is, placing in Forgotten Stories, Griffith Review’s Novella Competition II doesn’t make me an expert. Whale station was my first novella. Ten times larger…

MY first professional writing gig was a stage play. Now, nearly 20 years later, my writing gigs include books, TV series, interactive games, museum exhibitions, and online multiplatform experiences. Certainly it would seem the world has changed quite a bit as the technology and diversity of how we deliver a story to an audience evolves….

NOVELS are big. I’m stating the obvious, but only because it bears restating. Novels are hard to write because there’s so bloody much in them. That’s one of the reasons why we love them, of course. You can lose yourself reading a novel in a way you can’t with short stories or poems. Which is not…

IT’S been a long time since I watched a TV show at the same time it entered into the cultural Zeitgeist, but the combination of Netflix coming to Australia and the recent release of Daredevil, Season 1, means that I’ve inhaled thirteen episodes of comic-book awesomeness at the same time as everyone else is watching it….

Joe Abercrombie is an English writer who has hit the best-seller lists with ‘gritty’ fantasy novels, starting with 2006’s The Blade Itself. He was a guest of GenreCon, hosted by The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, in Sydney in November 2012. This is an edited excerpt of his ‘in conversation’ with WQ editor Jason Nahrung. Where did…

READERS tend to be extremely forgiving when a good story grabs them, and we fantasy writers rely on this suspension of disbelief to pull our readers down the rabbit hole of our twisted imaginations. It doesn’t take much though for the reader to pop back up out of the hole with an expression of disappointment when…

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