Writing Literacy Take 2

As promised. Debunking what I said a couple of blogs ago. Fiction Facts The not so great thing about fiction facts is that 1. you shouldn’t use Wiki and 2. you need to understand any facts you read and 3. different perspectives on a theory actually won’t help. Don’t use Wiki It’s pretty standard that…

Writing Literacy

Yup, it’s official. Literacy is everywhere. I apologise for the break between posts. I really did intend to deliver. But, life threw an array of ‘crap’ pellets and I’m still trying to burn them off. The break may have done me some good because I’m not sure what the below actually means. Hang on. That’s…

Information Literacy for Fiction Writers

Oct 2020 Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals UNESCO. (2017). Information Literacy When I first studied Information Literacy at uni, I felt the word ‘literacy’ was being overused. Just to name a few: there is…

“Panic Blogging?” said one hand to the other hand.

Writer’s smorgasbord or writer’s scruples? As you may have guessed there’s a lot of panic ‘choose your own word here’ sweeping the world. I want to say I understand why that’s occurring and at a skin-deep level – I do get it. My own fears aren’t the virus they are will I be able to…

It’s Australia Day

It means many things to many people and to me it’s simply the place I was born, the environment I was raised in and the people, culture and values I’ve come to know. The lens I view through is ‘Australian’ and it is also realistic and so I’ve accepted the warts along with the beauty…

DUMB Goals for Twitter 2020

DUMB Goal for 2020 Twitter – monthly DUMB Goals Guess the genre Say My Name – this will be an author, songwriter … maybe, or a poet What Am I? – guess the narrative container It’s Personal – something uninteresting about me Protag or Antag? – you work it out How’s it stacking up against…

B b b b bad

Be a Bad Bad Storyteller Yep, you heard me. If you want to keep writing, and this is where the stubbornness comes in that I spoke of last post, you must keep writing even when in a bad mood. BUT don’t do any editing! At least not without making a copy – hack away at…

Stay The Course and Write

So you have the writer’s bug but don’t have the time. I’ve found myself in that position and have decided to write more microfiction and short stories. It would be easy to give up that thing that drives me to enrich my life. I’m lucky though, my addiction to write is cheap, resources are easily…

Be a good storyteller

As a writer you will need to make choices in how you tell a story and one way is by just doing it. Microfiction can help you with that skill. It can be easy to forget why you are writing when you are working on a full length novel. Try some shorter pieces to work…

Change Isn’t Always Bad

So, I’m back working full-time and to be honest I’m happier than before. I’ve been working a long time (over 30 years) and loved the sabbatical of 2 years to write full-time. It was an additional year before I found work so while I was still writing and editing full-time I was working relief shifts…