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Happy Book Day to Me by Jacey Bedford

Rowankind’s publication date has been shunted forward to 27th November which means it’s out NOW. Today, in fact! Happy Book Day to me. You can buy it from that big store named after a South American river, or (depending on … Continue reading

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Everything You Didn’t Know to Ask About Milford by Anthony Francis

Are you interested in the Milford SF Writer’s Conference? A year ago, I definitely was! I was in the middle of the Taos Toolbox Writer’s Workshop and couldn’t get enough of its “Milford-Style Critique” – a collaborative process in which … Continue reading

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The Art of Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan

So you’re working on a story, and it really ought to have a fight scene. But you’re sitting there thinking, “I’m not a martial artist! I’m not a member of the SCA! I have no idea how to fight!” Or … Continue reading

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How Not to Plot a Horror Film by Matt Colborn

As a writer you can sometimes learn more from dysfunctional stories than from masterpieces. Take the 2017 movie Annabelle: Creation, a prequel to the earlier rather mediocre prequel Annabelle (2014). The 2017 movie, directed by David F. Sandberg and written … Continue reading

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Writing as Drawing by David Gullen

We all have our ways of doing things. When I’m plotting out a novel or a longer story I always start with pen and paper. I like to use my favourite fountain pen, and quartered sheets of A4.  I do … Continue reading

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Constraints Are Your Friends by Sue Oke

Have you ever noticed that the more constraints you face in your writing, the more creative you become? I used to write a collage piece with a group of writers—just for fun, you understand. This involved the giving and receiving … Continue reading

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Milford Retrospective by Jacey Bedford

I was hoping I’d have had a Milford report from one of the report volunteers, always one (or several) of the Milford newbies, but they haven’t arrived yet, so here are my impressions of Milford 2018. Wet, wet, wet! (And … Continue reading

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