Archive of ‘Writing Tips’ category

The Redrafting Adventure

Redrafting a novel reflects a radical rethink of the narrative. It’s perfectly normal for a writer to have an early concept of their story and their characters. If everything is open to change, they wouldn’t be able to write a first draft. They wouldn’t be able to discover and explore their characters and the conflicted […] Read more…

The Writer’s Vulnerability

  Every month Jennifer Scoullar and Sydney Smith discuss a topic on writing. Jennifer Scoullar is a bestselling author of Australian rural fiction/romance, and lives with her family on a rural property in West Gippsland.  Her house is on a hilltop, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash.  She grew up on the books of […] Read more…

Opening Sentences and Hooking the Reader

Every month Sydney Smith and Jennifer Scoullar discuss some aspect of the writing craft. JENNY Hurray, I’ve finished my latest novel! One hundred thousand words of carefully crafted narrative. From the war-ravaged mountains of Afghanistan to the rugged ranges of Australia’s Great Escarpment – an epic tale of loss and redemption. Writing it was like running an emotional marathon. Feeling […] Read more…

Transfer and the Balance of power in a novel

Jennifer Scoullar, bestselling Penguin author, blogs with me on writing tips once a month. Transfer refers to the shifts in power between a protagonist and their antagonist as each strives to get what they want. These shifts reveal themselves most clearly through dialogue, although they can happen in other ways, too. We so expect to […] Read more…

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