Stories Told By the Dead


Is fiction the one place where the dead can live on? They live on in our hearts, yes. But in stories they can tell their story; they can speak, be given a voice. Characters can die and come back to life or they can be dead from the beginning. These are not ghost stories, but …

Last Darkness, Last Earth – First 3 Chapters Now Live!


Exciting news! The first three chapters (plus the three opening prologues) of my online sci-fi narrative, Last Darkness, Last Earth, are now live! Here's an excerpt: From the black depths of space, they come. Gargantuan ships hovering shapes against the dark haze. In the night, she watches them from her window. They each remind her …

The Inconsistency of Character


In her book, The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers author Kate Grenville writes that: "Inconsistencies can make characters interesting, as long as they're inconsistent in a way that adds something to the story." But what does mean by this? Aren't characters supposed to be consistent? They are, but when we write and read fiction, we don't …

Is It Possible to Over-Plan When Writing a Novel?


Are you a novel planner? I tend to be. But is it possible to plan too much? Usually, once I have an idea in place, I go about creating a plan for the rest of the novel. Sometimes I wrote a long synopsis, other times maybe a chapter or scene summary. And this plan serves to: …

Getting Inspired by Travel & Distance


I've noticed there is a gap in my blog posts - but thankfully, it's because I've now relocated from Sydney to Seattle. I'm one of those people who could explore the world forever, and find myself constantly inspired by the things I see and the places I visit. The mountains of Washington became the mountains …

Simple Ideas On How to Start Your Story


It's the start of a brand new and exciting year, so I thought I'd do a post on how to start a new story. When should the story start? What's the first scene? Should that opening sentence be about your main character or something else? It can easy to throw up tidbits like "start with …