NZ Elections: The Coalition Options

After 21 years of MMP elections, I’m surprised at the number of people who don’t really understand the options available for a coalition government. So here they are, in less…

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Another 15 Famous Rejection Slips

Fifteen more famously rejected writers who persevered. Can you identify who, and in some cases, what book, got rejected? (You’ll find the first 15 here.) “An endless nightmare. I think…

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15 Famous Rejection Slips

Rejection slips are part of a writer’s landscape. All authors get them at one time or another, and they usually reflect the opinion of one particular reader — often an…

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Jerry Seinfeld: How to Write a Joke

“In my world, the wrong-er something feels, the right-er it is. So to waste this much time on something this stupid is .. that felt good to me.” — Jerry…

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The Lester Dent / Doc Savage Master Plot Method

Lester Dent was the real name of the author almost all of the Doc Savage novels. (They appeared under the pen name Kenneth Robeson, a creation of his publisher.) There…

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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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