Tag: writing

About The Time of the Ghosts

I was chronicling political changes that were leading bad places (that we’re experiencing far more fully right now) and I was thinking about how much this links to the personal. This is where The Time of the Ghosts came from. It became an intimate novel, but the politics is still there. The need to not …

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Jacey Bedford – Women’s History Month

Lessons Learned and Applied The Parallels Between Singing and Writing I used to be a folk singer. No–correction–I am a folk singer, I just don’t do it as a full-time job any more, but even though I’ve officially retired from the road the singing is in me and I don’t think I’ll ever get it …

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Jane Routley – Women’s History Month

Most writers have trouble with their hands or backs just as most ballet dancers have trouble with their feet. I was only 24 when I had my first bout of tendonitis. I’d strained myself in my final cataloguing exam and then went straight out to work stamping books in a library. What had seemed like …

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Helen Lowe- Women’s History Month

In The Case Of Big Life Decisions, Always Follow your Heart… When Gillian invited me to post as part of Women’s History Month, her brief included the advice that all her guests would be writers and she wanted us to celebrate staying the course, focusing on either a part of our own lives or another …

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K.J. Taylor – Women’s History Month

I consider myself a naturally lucky sort of person, and one of the many good fortunes I’ve experienced in my life is that I’ve never really had to worry about being treated differently because I’m a woman. Of course there was the usual nonsense when I was in primary school, and I’ve been (mildy) sexually …

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LynC- Women’s History Month

Once upon a time there was a child. The fact that she was female is irrelevant to this tale, but you can take is as written that she was. She started writing as soon as she could shape the letters, long before she could spell. Her early achievements included a nice little poem about flying …

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Handling Writer’s Block: the needs hierarchy

A few weeks ago I taught my students how to avoid writer’s block. The fun part of the class was playing with the techniques so many people I know use to defeat the mongrel: writing prompts, everyday mechanisms for overcoming temporary silences. I spent most of the class, however, teaching my students two much larger …

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Tracing progress and telling stories: keeping readers informed

Just over a decade ago I had an intense discussion with the editor of my first novel. We were talking about The Art of Effective Dreaming, which was going to be my second novel before Rita and Ike and Katrina effected the first block of gross interference. The editor’s name was Tamara and she told …

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Some things to keep in mind when you’re writing historical fantasy

Originally posted on LJ on 22/10/2007 (mildly edited) 1. Don’t use a cuisine that comes from another continent a thousand years into the future. Don’t use tools that come from another continent a thousand years into the future. Don’t use farming or building techniques that come from another continent a thousand years into the future. …

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On writers and their worldbuilding

This post first appeared on  my LJ blog on 21/7/2008 Worldbuilding for a novel is a funny business. Some worldbuilding is to make sure the plot works. Some of it is to make sure that the characters come from the place they are supposed to come from and go to the place they are supposed …

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