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August 2017

irrupt or erupt?

Really helpful grammar tips here for writers

LibroEditing proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation

This one was suggested by my husband, a keen birdwatcher (see below for why that’s relevant) and adder of troublesome pairs to my list.

Erupt is perhaps the better-known of the two. To erupt is to forcefully throw out rocks, lava, gas and ash, if you’re a volcano. The next meaning is to break out suddenly, usually used of something like a fight, and similarly, you can erupt into laughter, meaning it happens suddenly and forcefully. Finally, a spot or rash erupts when it appears suddenly on the skin, and a tooth erupts through a gum when it grows in your mouth and becomes visible.

To irrupt, also a verb, means to burst into somewhere, to enter suddenly or even forcibly. The kind of thing people do when they break down a door. Interestingly, I’ve seen people being described as “erupting” in this sense, but let’s use irrupt here…

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Endings – How Important Are They?

Very interesting post. I believe less is more (and may even lead to a follow on book ! )

Author Don Massenzio

endLast week, I talked about book openings in one of my posts. This post talks about the other end of your book, the ending. It will briefly discuss the types of endings and the importance of choosing the right one for your book.

Just_Hanging_AroundLeaving the reader hanging – is it a good idea?

Many sources will tell you not to end your book with a cliffhanger. The reader needs some satisfaction or a happy ending to complete their reading experience. In my opinion, the answer to this is not quite that simple.

As someone who has written a series, I strive to make each book capable of being read as a standalone story. There is, however, a backstory arc for my main character that continues from book to book. What I like to do is resolve the current story within the book but provide a lead in to the next…

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10 Best Writing Tips From Stephen King

Tips from the best!

The Content Fair

Stephen King, author of several bestsellers like Carrie, The Shining, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and Under the Dome, has sold an astounding 350 million copies of his books and counting. The 69-year-old Maine-born novelist has seen his work been converted into movies, TV shows, miniseries and even comic books. The horror and supernatural fiction writer isn’t just a commercial success, he has been revered and adorned with numerous medals, awards and accolades.

Aspiring writers can learn a lot from the American storyteller who, even after being a victim of a terrible car accident, didn’t stop putting pen to paper. King published a memoir On Writing in 2000 that also serves as a guide for budding novelist. He has given plenty of advice to up-and-coming novelists. Here are 10 of the best writing tips from Stephen King:

  • Read and write a lot. Reading is an essential tool to becoming…

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5 Tips for dealing with Writers Block


Your creative motors are faltering, your engine oil has run out of enthusiasm, and you have so many dead ends in your story, you can’t decide what route to take next…

Sound familiar? Writers block can be painful, but can be overcome with the right tips and guidelines. With the help of the blog A Writer’s path, here is some good advice that I have used myself:

  1. Try rewriting that scene; the one that stumped you. Maybe add a new character to ‘spice’ it up? I know this tip has helped me in the past.
  2. Writers usually get ‘blocks’ when they’re bored with the story they are trying to write. Try throwing in ‘a little action’ to bring it back to life!
  3. If you’re having issues writing consistently, try writing a couple of short stories or even start a new novel. This worked for me, and I ended up with two novels ready to publish.
  4. Take a break, come back to it later. Forcing yourself to write is a no-no for creativity and can sap your writing energy. Also, your readers may guess!
  5. Write for YOU, not anyone else. If you keep writing what YOU love, the words will flow. Writing stuff that is forced is a sure fire way of getting a Block.

Happy writing ! 🙂


What Is Descriptive Writing?

Great tips here 🙂

Rachel Poli

There are many different kinds of writing, descriptive writing being one of them. Pretty much everything I found on descriptive writing talked about essay writing or academic writing.

Descriptive writing is important for any kind of writing, but we’ll stick to creative writing for now.

What Is Descriptive Writing?What is descriptive writing?

Descriptive writing is when you give a clear and vivid description of a person, place, or thing in your writing. It can be in separate paragraphs and sentences or woven into the narration. Descriptive writing is supposed to help the readers visualize everything as though they’re in the story themselves.

How can you use descriptive writing?

There are many different clever ways you can weave descriptive writing into your story.

Figurative Language

Used to show imagery, figurative language uses metaphors, similes, personification, etc. Pretty much the basics of the English language that you learned about in school. These can be used…

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No One Ever Died From Reading Too Much…

Such a good post

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

At least, not that I know. It’s a phrase I repeat to myself with each new book I begin reading. Just to put the amount of reading I do into perspective …

Last summer, someone who shall remain nameless and who does not really know me at all, told me that my problem is I read too much and need to find myself a new hobby. You can imagine how that made me feel. (In case you’re wondering, my snappy comeback was that I thought I wasn’t reading near enough as I could be reading … That was met with a blank stare.)

So, instead of heeding her suggestion, I began to read even more than I had up until then. My entire life has been about books and reading: studying them, selling them, representing them to bookstores and libraries, promoting them, and now even writing them myself.

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Book draft

WIP. The Tourmaline Bracelet has been drafted, redrafted and proofread!

Can now confidently say that release date 30th August 2017. 🙌📚

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The Tourmaline Bracelet

Here’ s a picture of me in the foyer of Melbourne Museum, Melbourne. I’m in front of a WW1 ambulance (which would have had a horse pulling it), that could have saved many lives on the Front Line.

It was also the inspiration for my next book, the third (and last!) of A Celtic Trilogy. Next book already in production for early 2018.

The Tourmaline Bracelet out at the end of August 2017.

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Book review: Remembering Babylon David Malouf

‘Do not shoot. I am a B-b-British object.’

I’m currently reading this book as research for my Creative Writing course and I can’t praise it enough! It’s a historical book set in 19th century Queensland, at a time when the European settlers were making the land their own. Gemmy Fairley has been shipwrecked and raised by an Aboriginal community (the original natives of the land). When he stumbles on a small Scottish settlement, he tries to integrate himself, with dire consequences.

This book has themes of isolation, cultural shock (of being am alien amongst your own people), of exile, fear and misunderstanding. It is also a compelling read, beautifully written with a dreamy, emotional quality in its language that resonates with the reader. 5/5

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