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Help – my character is boring!

Three tips for transforming a character from dreary to intriguing Have you ever had a character just sit there on the page – not literally, of course, but figuratively – simply refusing to do anything exciting? One of the (many, many) challenging aspects of being a writer is that our task is to create [...]

Help – my character is boring!2021-06-03T11:42:19+12:00

Why are adjectives so terrible? (And what to use instead)

It’s advice that writers hear time and time again – kill your adjectives. But why? What have adjectives ever done to us that they don’t deserve a place in our stories? Of course there is a place for a select few adjectives in stories, but all too often adjectives are committing the writerly sin [...]

Why are adjectives so terrible? (And what to use instead)2021-05-13T21:55:26+12:00

What’s really stopping you from completing your novel?

(And what to do about it.) There is no two ways about it: writing a novel is a mammoth task that, if you decide to undertake it, is going to consume a significant amount of your waking hours (unless you’re John Boyne). Even so, persistence should eventually bring you to the point where you’re [...]

What’s really stopping you from completing your novel?2020-09-09T12:47:34+12:00

Interviews with Auckland writers: Veronica

Tell us a little bit about yourself I was born in Auckland, but have grown up in South East Asia and Germany. After finishing high school in Germany I decided to study Hotel Management in the Republic of Ireland. I returned to Auckland about 7 years ago. After a year in Auckland, I decided [...]

Interviews with Auckland writers: Veronica2020-05-21T09:39:25+12:00

Getting the most out of critique

Sharing your writing with others and asking for their feedback is daunting at the best of times, but if you want to improve your skills as a writer, it is hands down one of the most useful things you’ll ever do. Receiving a critique of your work, even when you have asked for one, [...]

Getting the most out of critique2020-04-18T15:16:32+12:00

Interviews with Auckland writers: Joy

Tell us a little bit about yourself I live in west Auckland with my grown-up (mostly!) son and my ginger-and-white feline overlord, Fang. I currently wear my hair in a Mohawk cut (‘cos why not?) and for my fiftieth birthday, I decided to have my eyebrow pierced. I am not known for my brilliant [...]

Interviews with Auckland writers: Joy2019-07-29T01:53:36+12:00
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