Writing of the Week The Gecko. This short description from Jenny Neil in our Tuesday meet up, OMG! (Our Memoir Group). It's stimulating as much for the illustration as for the succinct and observant writing, which Jenny is happy to share with SSOA members and readers.
NaNoWriMo: End of Week 4 A big hooray for everyone who had a go at writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch this November
Hitting the NaNoWriMo word count target is wonderful, but it doesn't mean the effort is over. In fact, as exhaustion sets in, the work has only just begun...
It's time to celebrate reaching the half-way post in Nanowrimo. But don't forget to backup your (hopefully) half-completed masterpiece...
When we invite people to submit manuscripts to SSOA, we also ask them to include an "elevator pitch": a one sentence, max 140-character summary of their book
The NSW State Library recently held a "Sonnet Slam" as part of the celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday. If you've ever been interested in trying your hand at the poetic form, you'll need to observe some reasonably strict in terms of rhyme, metre and content.
OMG! (Our Memoir Group) responded positively to a creative writing prompt to stir the imagination, a poster of an Afghan man seen on the outside wall of Berkelouw's bookshop in Paddington recently.
How I Write by Diane Harding, SSOA author. Are you interested in how I write a novel or short story of fiction? If so, read on to discover the techniques that work for me when developing plot and characters.
If you haven’t used Scrivener (or special writing software) and you’re still writing your novel in Word, you’re missing out. A document that’s tens of thousands of words long soon gets unwieldy to navigate, and it’s awkward dragging and scrolling and pasting when you want to move sections around.
As an author, you’ll have the manuscript of your story considered more quickly, and the editing cost will be far less, if you can attend to a lot of fiddly copy editing before submitting your story to a publisher.