On Writing

The good, the bad and the ugly! This section is all about writing.


Snarking about short synopses

I like to have everything nice and neatly tied up – and I’m not referring to bondage, either, just in case those of you who might read erotica etc were wondering. A finished...

Writing to a deadline

Phew! Have had a busy couple of months trying to stick to a daily word count and write to a deadline. Since I’m currently unpublished but call myself a full-time writer, it’s...

The secret recipe for writing a prize-winning…

I’m a third of the way through reading Jaclyn Moriarty’s “I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes”; a delightful, whimsical novel. I can honestly say that...

Writing Assignment – the difference between…

I received this by email back in March 2006 (thanks Rowena, for sending it to me) and I still laugh when I read it. In my opinion, this is a classic example of the real-life differences...

Simplify

Editor: “I like your book except for the ending” Author: “What’s wrong with the ending?” Editor: “It should be closer to the beginning.” What...

We’re not in Kansas, anymore, Dorothy!

Here are the full notes for my Writing Fantasy workshop, given to the RWNZ Auckland Chapter in July 2005. We’re not in Kansas, anymore, Dorothy! Writing Fantasy By Maree Anderson (This...