On novel pitching: an insight and an epiphany

The recent Conflux Science Fiction convention in Canberra was the first conference I've attended where formal pitching sessions were available to authors. It's probably not surprising therefore that the art of pitching was the subject of much general conversation. I attended a panel about pitching on the second day of the con, featuring panellists Tara Wynn,... Continue Reading →

More on building fantastical worlds

I recently attended the Australian National Science Fiction Convention -- Conflux 9 -- a fabulous four days of hanging out with other writers, industry professionals and speculative fiction fans. The convention offered many valuable panel discussions and workshops (among other things); I attended a worldbuilding session with Glenda Larke, an Australian epic fantasy author whose... Continue Reading →

Character and conflict in The Liveship Traders

I’m currently reliving Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy during my commute to and from work in the car. (Have I mentioned how much I love audiobooks?) I first read this amazing fantasy trilogy back in 2005 and it has since resided firmly near the top of my all-time favourite novels/series. Even so, I’ve previously read... Continue Reading →

The 10 commandments according to McKee

This just arrived with me on email and I feel compelled to share: Robert McKee's 10 Commandments of STORY I. Thou shalt respect thine audience. II. Thou shalt research. III. Thou shalt dramatize thine exposition. IV. Thou shalt layer a subtext under every text. V. Thou shalt create complex characters rather than merely complicated story.... Continue Reading →

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