A brief anecdote (and more) from Neal Stephenson

It’s over a decade old (2004) but a Slashdot post by acclaimed sci-fi author Neal Stephenson (left) is worth repeating:   “ … a while back, I went to a…

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Fancy earning $200 a word?

A few weeks ago I mentioned Bath Spa University’s Novel in 25 Words competition, (sorry, entries are now closed), that paid the equivalent of £20 (NZD$35) per word. Pah! That’s…

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The neurobiology of writing

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Writing with a tomato

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time-management many writers find useful. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s and takes its name from the tomato-shaped kitchen timer…

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A novel in 25 words

There’s still time (just) to enter Bath Spa University’s Novel in 25 Words competition. Entries close on at 23.59 on Friday 30 June (that’s UK time so locals have an…

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Fun & Just Plain Weird Book Covers

If you’re looking for bad book covers, there’s plenty of sites specialising in just that — try or Lousy Book Covers or Kindle Cover Disasters — but some of them…

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The state of the NZ book market

Last year, New Zealanders purchased 5.3 million printed books — not bad for a country of just 4.6 million people, but a long way behind Australia. While Kiwis purchased an…

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The stages of a reader

Another delightful cartoon from Grant Snider:

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“A little lesbian joke …”

The Bechdel test — sometimes called the Bechdel-Wallace test — began as “a little lesbian joke in an alternative feminist newspaper” back in 1985. Posed in a comic strip by…

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Advice from J K Rowling

When J K Rowling spotted a Twitter comment from @beauty_jackson that read: “HEY! YOU! You’re working on something and you’re thinking ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen’. Finish it anyway.” she…

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