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Perfect Moments – How Do You See The World Around You?

It was too hot to sleep last night. I took a walk down to the corner petrol station to buy some cold Coke. Maybe because I was relaxed, I started to notice my surroundings. The empty park bench under a dim yellow streetlight drew its silhouette on the…

We are made of stories

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. ~Joan Didion Storytelling is as old as time. Fables, myths and fairy tales are passed from generation to generation. We are always looking for meaning and ways to explain the things that happen to us. Telling a…

Why You Need An Antagonist In Your Story

Why You Need An Antagonist There are many reasons why you need an antagonist in a novel. It is difficult to write a book without one. Your hero will be bored and will rattle aimlessly around the 360 pages of your book. Many writers struggle…

Write About What Matters

Writing what you know is great advice. It is a good place to start. It saves you hours of research and it gives you confidence that shows in your writing. It just makes sense. If you are a runner and you write about your protagonist…

Why A Disease Cannot Be An Antagonist

A question that comes up again and again while I am teaching Writers Write  is whether or not a disease can be the antagonist. I don’t think so. Here’s why: Claire steps into the lab. The door swooshes shut behind her. She misses slamming doors. That…

Holidays For Writers – Heaven or Hell?

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. ~Eugene Ionesco In between avoiding deadlines and a nervous breakdown, I have been day-dreaming about getting away for the festive season. What is a perfect holiday for…
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