Category Archives: On Writing

#Editing 101: the fine-tooth comb method for line editing

If you’re a parent with a young child, you’ve probably discovered the joys of head lice. Pesky little beasties, they’re ridiculously hard to get rid of. Even when you’ve blasted them with a cocktail of chemicals and raked out their … Continue reading

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Words, precious words

With a new novel out recently, I’ve been attending lots of writerly events to promote my work and hopefully sell enough books to cover costs. This is what I love about the writing journey. This is when you meet all … Continue reading

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Left, Right, Left … Write. Do-it-yourself structural editing.

What I love about writing crime mysteries is the constant interplay between the left and the right hemispheres of my brain. The trick is to make them work together. The left brain gathers data, information and facts. For my current work … Continue reading

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My Writing and Publishing Odyssey: 2015 in Review

New Year’s Eve 2015-16. What a wonderful chance to reflect on the joys, dramas, tears and achievements of this crazy obsession called writing! I thought I’d share some of the highs and lows of creative writing and of promoting my … Continue reading

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Characters in crime

One of my greatest ah-haa! moments in learning to write creatively was realising that characters are the essential essence of a good story. Whether you are writing memoir or romance or fantasy, or (as I do) historical fiction and crime, … Continue reading

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Construct … deconstruct … reconstruct

Writers often debate about the best way to write: plot-driven or character-driven. Plot-driven implies vast sheets of butchers paper covered in post-it notes, or timelines nutted out on Excel or some other left-brain device. You know the story, you know the … Continue reading

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Lost in translation.

Readers of Baby Farm have commented that my use of the Australian idiom is a cause of constant delight. In Australia we underrate ourselves a lot. Most of the stories we know and love – whether in print or on … Continue reading

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