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The mid-novel writer’s block

It’s the perennial question asked of writers … “Where do you get your ideas?” and most writers I know go totally blank on that question. I know I find it hard to answer. Ideas are everywhere. A news item can give you an idea, a dream, an overheard conversation. Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere.…

Writing for the US market

In the first instance, we try to sell our novels to the American market. Why would we do this when the Australian market for fantasy is so good at the moment? The Australian market is extremely difficult to break into. I’m not saying it’s impossible—we’re still trying—but it’s a very small market. Once you have…

My personal top 5 writing sites of 2006

Almost everyone who uses the web has favourite sites. I’m like most people. Here are my personal top five writing sites for 2006. The sites I visited time and again. Wordplay This is probably my favourite writing site. Terry Rossio, one half of the Ted Elliot/Terry Rossio writing partnership, has written a great series of…

Other people’s second drafts

We have talked a bit about how we edit our manuscripts, but it’s always fascinating to find out how other people do it. Most people do similar things, but not necessarily in the same order. Blair, in reply to a question on the Scripts message board on the Wordplayer site, tells how he checks for…

Writing progress

Still a straight copy from the script. Trying to put Scott’s thoughts into the mix. A few problems changing tense. When we re-read what we have written a couple of days later we find that every so often we have slipped back into present tense. Don’t see it when we’re writing, need the distance of…

Story ideas

Not every idea turns into a fully fledged novel. Some of them die after three chapters. Others sit in the ideas box, waiting for time to write. Still others sit in the ideas box waiting for another idea or character to click with before we can use it. Ideas and characters are everywhere, but it…

Do you become your characters?

I was reading a thread on the SFF writing forum about whether or not people prefer to write in first, second or third person. The preferred style of writing appears to be third person. This is our own preferred style too. One poster said First person is probably the easiest to write in, there’s something…