Another one bites the dust. Beware writer burnout. Image courtesy of Phaitoon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Beware writer burnout

I always get a bit on edge when I’m between projects. My current manuscript is with my beta-readers, my previous manuscript is under consideration with publishers and I’m in that awkward place where I don’t quite know what to do

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Another one bites the dust. Beware writer burnout. Image courtesy of Phaitoon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Beware writer burnout

I always get a bit on edge when I’m between projects. My current manuscript is with my beta-readers, my previous manuscript is under consideration with publishers and I’m in that awkward place where I don’t quite know what to do

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In defence of predictability

Romance and chick-lit writers get a lot of criticism thrown their way. Trite, frothy, light-hearted, are all words bandied around to diminish the success of authors in these genres. As though in some way reading a book that’s enjoyable makes

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In defence of predictability

Romance and chick-lit writers get a lot of criticism thrown their way. Trite, frothy, light-hearted, are all words bandied around to diminish the success of authors in these genres. As though in some way reading a book that’s enjoyable makes

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Author earnings

Author earnings: an indie author revolution?

It’s an interesting time in the self-publishing world. In case you haven’t heard, best-selling self-published author, Hugh Howey, got together with an unnamed data guru and recently released an article on Author Earnings, titled the 7k Report. The findings have

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Author earnings

Author earnings: an indie author revolution?

It’s an interesting time in the self-publishing world. In case you haven’t heard, best-selling self-published author, Hugh Howey, got together with an unnamed data guru and recently released an article on Author Earnings, titled the 7k Report. The findings have

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Cityescape

Cityescape: a writer’s inspiration

The gentle rush of traffic. Sirens wailing. The steady rhythm of a train as it passes. Pedestrians talking on their mobile phones as they walk by my front gate. Doors slamming. A plane overhead. Dogs barking. Children crying. This is

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Cityescape

Cityescape: a writer’s inspiration

The gentle rush of traffic. Sirens wailing. The steady rhythm of a train as it passes. Pedestrians talking on their mobile phones as they walk by my front gate. Doors slamming. A plane overhead. Dogs barking. Children crying. This is

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Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

Review: Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

ISBN: 9781742758244 Published: 03/03/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Pages: 416 pages Amazon Description: After years of struggling as a single mother, Jodie Ashton has given up on love and passion. What she craves now is security for herself and her beloved daughter Milly. And marriage

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Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

Review: Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

ISBN: 9781742758244 Published: 03/03/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Pages: 416 pages Amazon Description: After years of struggling as a single mother, Jodie Ashton has given up on love and passion. What she craves now is security for herself and her beloved daughter Milly. And marriage

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Best Australian Blogs 2014

Best Australian Blogs competition now open

Each year the Australian Writers’ Centre holds the Best Australian Blogs competition and they are now open for 2014 entries. If you blog in any of the following areas, you might want to consider entering: Food: this is new for

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Best Australian Blogs 2014

Best Australian Blogs competition now open

Each year the Australian Writers’ Centre holds the Best Australian Blogs competition and they are now open for 2014 entries. If you blog in any of the following areas, you might want to consider entering: Food: this is new for

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The Wardrobe Girl

Review: The Wardrobe Girl by Jennifer Smart

Genre: Adult and contemporary romance ISBN: 9780857982513 Published: 03/03/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Length: 384 pages Amazon Description: ‘It’s just string bikinis, thongs and boardies on Pretty Beach Rescue. You could do it drunk and standing on your head.’ After the humiliating end of her last

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The Wardrobe Girl

Review: The Wardrobe Girl by Jennifer Smart

Genre: Adult and contemporary romance ISBN: 9780857982513 Published: 03/03/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Length: 384 pages Amazon Description: ‘It’s just string bikinis, thongs and boardies on Pretty Beach Rescue. You could do it drunk and standing on your head.’ After the humiliating end of her last

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Story v plot

Story and plot: why they’re not the same thing

Before I review a book for my website, I generally like to read an excerpt of the novel to get a sense of whether it’s worth reviewing. I don’t like to write bad reviews. I don’t believe it supports the

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Story v plot

Story and plot: why they’re not the same thing

Before I review a book for my website, I generally like to read an excerpt of the novel to get a sense of whether it’s worth reviewing. I don’t like to write bad reviews. I don’t believe it supports the

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Time

It’s time to get over it…write now!

Time. It’s a predictable concept. Seconds turn into minutes, minutes turn into hours, into days, into weeks, into months–it’s pretty straightforward, right? Well, if you’re a writer, time has a way of twisting itself into a set of never ending

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Time

It’s time to get over it…write now!

Time. It’s a predictable concept. Seconds turn into minutes, minutes turn into hours, into days, into weeks, into months–it’s pretty straightforward, right? Well, if you’re a writer, time has a way of twisting itself into a set of never ending

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Scales

Why is plot more important than characters?

Last year, I attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival and listened to English author and creative writing lecturer, Scarlett Thomas, speak. This prompted me to purchase her book, Monkeys with Typewriters: How to write fiction and unlock the secret power of

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Scales

Why is plot more important than characters?

Last year, I attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival and listened to English author and creative writing lecturer, Scarlett Thomas, speak. This prompted me to purchase her book, Monkeys with Typewriters: How to write fiction and unlock the secret power of

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Tension in romance

It’s not all about sex: creating tension in romance

When people talk about tension in romance novels, you’d assume they’re referring to sexual tension. It’s an easy assumption. After all, the most memorable romances have that amazing sizzle between the heroine and leading man that keeps you wanting to

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Tension in romance

It’s not all about sex: creating tension in romance

When people talk about tension in romance novels, you’d assume they’re referring to sexual tension. It’s an easy assumption. After all, the most memorable romances have that amazing sizzle between the heroine and leading man that keeps you wanting to

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Review: Bounty by Elise Sax

Category: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense Book Description: Abby Williams has got it made: First a new job as magazine editor in London, and now a trip to an exotic island to review a five-star resort with poolside service. Unfortunately, on day

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Review: Bounty by Elise Sax

Category: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense Book Description: Abby Williams has got it made: First a new job as magazine editor in London, and now a trip to an exotic island to review a five-star resort with poolside service. Unfortunately, on day

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The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill

Review: The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill

ISBN: 9781742757377 Published: 02/01/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Extent: 400 pages Amazon      Random House ‘We can’t choose who we fall in love with. It could be our best friend or … our worst enemy.’ Emily Woods counts cracks for a living. Concrete cracks.

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The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill

Review: The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill

ISBN: 9781742757377 Published: 02/01/2014 Imprint: Bantam Australia Extent: 400 pages Amazon      Random House ‘We can’t choose who we fall in love with. It could be our best friend or … our worst enemy.’ Emily Woods counts cracks for a living. Concrete cracks.

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Desk

The perfect writing space: essential or an excuse?

In my dream world, I sit down to write at my laptop which sits a top a beautifully crafted Tasmanian Oak desk. My desk overlooks a pair of French doors opening out onto a picturesque tended garden, hedges trimmed to

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Desk

The perfect writing space: essential or an excuse?

In my dream world, I sit down to write at my laptop which sits a top a beautifully crafted Tasmanian Oak desk. My desk overlooks a pair of French doors opening out onto a picturesque tended garden, hedges trimmed to

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Man reading

The one thing every writer must do

There are lots of great things about being a writer. For instance, finishing a book. Or creating whole worlds and characters so that you feel like you’re living in some sort of personal fairy tale wonderland. Or how about when you’re

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Man reading

The one thing every writer must do

There are lots of great things about being a writer. For instance, finishing a book. Or creating whole worlds and characters so that you feel like you’re living in some sort of personal fairy tale wonderland. Or how about when you’re

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Frustrated reader

This book is making my head hurt

Some books ease you into their world and characters effortlessly. You find yourself immersed in the story and before you know it, you’ve read fifty pages. You’re not quite sure how it happened, or how the author does it, but

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Frustrated reader

This book is making my head hurt

Some books ease you into their world and characters effortlessly. You find yourself immersed in the story and before you know it, you’ve read fifty pages. You’re not quite sure how it happened, or how the author does it, but

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Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman

Author interview: Sasha Cottman

“Readers don’t want a history lesson, they want a love story set in an historical setting.” Sasha Cottman. I love reading historical romance, because the unique settings and conventions of the time provide another layer to the story. As a

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Letter from a Rake by Sasha Cottman

Author interview: Sasha Cottman

“Readers don’t want a history lesson, they want a love story set in an historical setting.” Sasha Cottman. I love reading historical romance, because the unique settings and conventions of the time provide another layer to the story. As a

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I need a hero. A call for real men

The alpha male stereotype in romance fiction Heroes come in all shapes and sizes…or do they? In romance novels, it seems we’ve become obsessed with the alpha male. Big, strong, powerful, in control, take charge…on the surface these aren’t unattractive

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Is he man enough to fall in love with? Photo courtesy of freedigitalphoto.net By David Castillo Dominici. Stock Photo - image ID: 100122629

I need a hero. A call for real men

The alpha male stereotype in romance fiction Heroes come in all shapes and sizes…or do they? In romance novels, it seems we’ve become obsessed with the alpha male. Big, strong, powerful, in control, take charge…on the surface these aren’t unattractive

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: sorry, but I don’t drink coffee

50,000 words. 30 days. That’s 1,666 words per day. Is it any surprise it has a 666 in it?! It’s that time of year again. November is NaNoWriMo month and there’s posts abounding with tips on how to make the

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: sorry, but I don’t drink coffee

50,000 words. 30 days. That’s 1,666 words per day. Is it any surprise it has a 666 in it?! It’s that time of year again. November is NaNoWriMo month and there’s posts abounding with tips on how to make the

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Plotter v pantser

Plotter v Pantser: the battle within

I’m an organised person. When working full-time in the marketing industry, I was known for it. When becoming a parent, I underwent a phase of forced and rigorous readjustment because kids don’t fit neatly into spreadsheets and are known to

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Plotter v pantser

Plotter v Pantser: the battle within

I’m an organised person. When working full-time in the marketing industry, I was known for it. When becoming a parent, I underwent a phase of forced and rigorous readjustment because kids don’t fit neatly into spreadsheets and are known to

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When the journey is long

When the journey is long…

A few years ago I somehow had it in my head that if I could just finish that first book, my first manuscript, then everything else would fall into place. Ha. I’m now looking at the empty pages of my

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When the journey is long

When the journey is long…

A few years ago I somehow had it in my head that if I could just finish that first book, my first manuscript, then everything else would fall into place. Ha. I’m now looking at the empty pages of my

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Anti-hero

The fallen protagonist: when good turns bad

There’s a dark trend occurring in storytelling. It’s the unspoken underbelly of the hero world and it’s scaring the squeaky clean good guys. They thought their picture perfect looks and infallible reputations guaranteed them stardom, but to their shock, they’re

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Anti-hero

The fallen protagonist: when good turns bad

There’s a dark trend occurring in storytelling. It’s the unspoken underbelly of the hero world and it’s scaring the squeaky clean good guys. They thought their picture perfect looks and infallible reputations guaranteed them stardom, but to their shock, they’re

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eBook success

eBook success: short and sweet?

Shorter is sweeter in the digital world Over the last twelve months or so, eBooks have been getting shorter. It could in part be attributed to the ‘series’ mentality that has come about since the worldwide success of Twilight and

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eBook success

eBook success: short and sweet?

Shorter is sweeter in the digital world Over the last twelve months or so, eBooks have been getting shorter. It could in part be attributed to the ‘series’ mentality that has come about since the worldwide success of Twilight and

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The tragic ending

The tragic ending. Are you brave enough?

Would it surprise you to discover that I just finished a Nicholas Sparks book with a tragic ending? If you’re shaking your head, then chances are you might have read a book or two by the international best-seller. He successfully

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The tragic ending

The tragic ending. Are you brave enough?

Would it surprise you to discover that I just finished a Nicholas Sparks book with a tragic ending? If you’re shaking your head, then chances are you might have read a book or two by the international best-seller. He successfully

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Arr, book piracy can cut deep, me hearties

An author’s take on piracy @ Total Eclipse Reviews

This week’s blog post is proudly brought to you by Total Eclipse Reviews. They’re generously hosting me as part of my Radiant blog tour and asked me to write about my take on author piracy. Here’s a few lines to

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Arr, book piracy can cut deep, me hearties

An author’s take on piracy @ Total Eclipse Reviews

This week’s blog post is proudly brought to you by Total Eclipse Reviews. They’re generously hosting me as part of my Radiant blog tour and asked me to write about my take on author piracy. Here’s a few lines to

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Blogging

Why writers should blog. No, really.

The life cycle of a blog 1. Blog adoption Every blogger has been there. The haze of enthusiasm that first hits when you set up your blog and you realise you can share your thoughts on almost anything with practically

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Blogging

Why writers should blog. No, really.

The life cycle of a blog 1. Blog adoption Every blogger has been there. The haze of enthusiasm that first hits when you set up your blog and you realise you can share your thoughts on almost anything with practically

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Destiny by Louise Bagshawe

Writing case study: the flawed chick-lit heroine

Ah, chick-lit, you are a sweet, sweet release. Looking for my latest escape from reality, I recently picked up my first book by Louise Bagshawe, Destiny. I’m not sure why I’ve never read anything from this author. She is very

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Destiny by Louise Bagshawe

Writing case study: the flawed chick-lit heroine

Ah, chick-lit, you are a sweet, sweet release. Looking for my latest escape from reality, I recently picked up my first book by Louise Bagshawe, Destiny. I’m not sure why I’ve never read anything from this author. She is very

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Stories v plot

That story has been told a million times! It’s time to get original

Yes, I’m afraid it probably has. It’s been done before. It will most likely be done again. Does anyone bother to wonder why on earth we keep reading stories if they are, in fact, all the same? Here’s the thing:

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Stories v plot

That story has been told a million times! It’s time to get original

Yes, I’m afraid it probably has. It’s been done before. It will most likely be done again. Does anyone bother to wonder why on earth we keep reading stories if they are, in fact, all the same? Here’s the thing:

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The exhilaration of terror: tips for creating tension and suspense

This week I return to the Sydney Writers’ Festival for my wrap up of the session on Tension and Suspense, where authors Caroline Overington, Hannah Richell and Julienne van Loon revealed their tips on how to keep readers turning the

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The exhilaration of terror: tips for creating tension and suspense

This week I return to the Sydney Writers’ Festival for my wrap up of the session on Tension and Suspense, where authors Caroline Overington, Hannah Richell and Julienne van Loon revealed their tips on how to keep readers turning the

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Tell it like it is: a beta reader wish list

Oh, beta readers, where would we be without you? I’ve previously highlighted the virtues of beta readers here and why it’s so important to have them, but recently it was brought home to me just how essential it is to

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Tell it like it is: a beta reader wish list

Oh, beta readers, where would we be without you? I’ve previously highlighted the virtues of beta readers here and why it’s so important to have them, but recently it was brought home to me just how essential it is to

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Turn the other cheek

Turn the other cheek to criticism: with the CritWrit writers’ check list

Take a moment to study the woman in this photograph. She’s on alert, on the defensive, training hard, determined, but wary. And the bandages – well, they might be for protection or they could actually be masking some pretty mean

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Turn the other cheek

Turn the other cheek to criticism: with the CritWrit writers’ check list

Take a moment to study the woman in this photograph. She’s on alert, on the defensive, training hard, determined, but wary. And the bandages – well, they might be for protection or they could actually be masking some pretty mean

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Thoughtful man

Why you need to think like a man to write romance (well)

I’m not suggesting you need to be a man.  You just need to think like a man. Alright, bear with me. (And if you’re a man reading this, don’t be offended, men can write romance too. I’m just operating on the

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Thoughtful man

Why you need to think like a man to write romance (well)

I’m not suggesting you need to be a man.  You just need to think like a man. Alright, bear with me. (And if you’re a man reading this, don’t be offended, men can write romance too. I’m just operating on the

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Book fail: not the reaction most writers are aiming for

Book fail: sorry, I’m just not that into you

We’ve all been there. You take a risk on a new book or author and at some point the truth sinks in and you realise: I’m just not into this book. What do you do? Do you stop reading before

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Book fail: not the reaction most writers are aiming for

Book fail: sorry, I’m just not that into you

We’ve all been there. You take a risk on a new book or author and at some point the truth sinks in and you realise: I’m just not into this book. What do you do? Do you stop reading before

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Self-publishing is a business

Self-publishing is a business: discuss

Hands up who would like to go into business for themselves? If your hand remained steadfastly fixed to your side, then perhaps you should reconsider whether you’ve got what it takes to self-publish your own book. Self-publishing myth #1 Once

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Self-publishing is a business

Self-publishing is a business: discuss

Hands up who would like to go into business for themselves? If your hand remained steadfastly fixed to your side, then perhaps you should reconsider whether you’ve got what it takes to self-publish your own book. Self-publishing myth #1 Once

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Women are more successful self-published authors

Fact: women are more successful self-published authors

According to the recent Taleist survey of self-published writers, women authors are more successful than men. Does this fact surprise you? It surprised me – not because I lack faith in my female counterparts (far from it), but because when

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Women are more successful self-published authors

Fact: women are more successful self-published authors

According to the recent Taleist survey of self-published writers, women authors are more successful than men. Does this fact surprise you? It surprised me – not because I lack faith in my female counterparts (far from it), but because when

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