Story vs. Voice, or When Does Editing Kill the Author?

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So this has been a controversial topic at my place today, and even as I settle in to do night shift on my manuscript, the spirit of this discussion hangs heavy about my shoulders. What the hell am I talking about?  Story vs. Voice...what does that even mean? I've been trying to convince my husband … Continue reading Story vs. Voice, or When Does Editing Kill the Author?

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The Tragedy of Being “Nice”

Today I received and started reading an interesting - if slightly disturbing book - called Violence: A Writer's Guide by Rory Miller (it speaks to my Criminal Justice roots and is a topic I wanted to better understand if I'm going to write a violent scene in a believable way).  It is a phenomenally interesting read, … Continue reading The Tragedy of Being “Nice”

Gremlins: the little things that keep us from realising our (writing) goals

It's flu season, and one of the worst in a decade here in Australia.  I wish I could say my family and I had escaped the bugs because we live in a remote town in Tasmania.  Alas...as soon as children go to school, they bring home more than finger paintings and half-eaten lunches. I'm in … Continue reading Gremlins: the little things that keep us from realising our (writing) goals