Writer’s rights: Stories about Telling Stories

Rights aren’t something many writers give much thought to. In the rush of elation of at a publisher’s interest, they’re frequently overlooked. But they are important, especially if you ever…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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A Writing Exercise Courtesy of Harlan Ellison

I have a writing exercise for you. I’d like you to produce a short story using the premise “The 102-year old pregnant corpse”. It’s currently 1 p.m. and I’d like…

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Big Publishing: Nightmare on Agent Street

Author Chuck Palahniuk (pronounced paula-nick) – author of Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Choke – says he’s close to broke, thanks to his agent the (formerly?) prestigious Donadio &…

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Submission Guidelines

A friend is currently going through this miserable process, so I thought I’d help out … 😉

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The danger of a single story

A fascinating TED talk from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Some of her books:           You’ll find another TED talk from her here, and commentaries on…

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William Safire

William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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Census spies (part 2)

Following on from my surprise finding that New Zealand’s 2018 online census website is infested with third-party spies, I decided to look at it from the perspective of another browser…

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Census spies

March 6 is census night here in New Zealand, and this morning Radio NZ reported that 1.7 million people have already completed their forms online. Time to do the same,…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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