Whether writing is an innate gift or a craft that one can learn from years of practice is a controversial topic. Just searching for "is writing innate" turns up many discussions and opinions on the topic.
Present Continuous A tough exercise, this one, to write a passage using only present continuous tense. And the winner was … Helena Ameisen. Of course it’s extending the limits of what length sounds and feel right in the use of present continuous to ask students to write using that tense only for 10 minutes. But […]
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.