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September 2017

Tweed Heads, Gold Coast

We took a trip to the border on the weekend. The weather was glorious, Spring has arrived. Tweed Heads is a town that sits in the New South Wales border, whilst across the main road of the town is Coolangatta, which lies in Queensland.

I am at the ‘pointy end’ of my Creative Writing course, with just a few weeks left and two assignments to finish. So it was a nice change to get out of my study room, blow off the cobwebs, and get some fresh air!

Fresh air also helps the crestive juices, so I’ m told….and I found some inspiration from the beauty of my surroundings….even though I’m writing and researching a witch in Medieval England. I take my inspiration wherever I can. . .!

Has anyone felt inspired to write in an unusual place? Mine is a tame setting really, but I always ensure I carry a pen & notepad wherever I go. I once wrote a short story whilst at an engagement party (which was very boring, just work collegues that I barely knew!).

Please share your inspiring and creatives niches…!

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6 Ways Your Setting Can Create Conflict – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Author Don Massenzio

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

No matter what form it takes, conflict is at the core of every story. It’s part of what drives the plot, and it’s what makes readers eager to read on to see if the protagonist succeeds. Characters face problem after problem, and with each trouble found, they’re forced to make tough decisions about what to do next. It’s this constant flow of dealing with problems that keeps the story moving.

But conflict also exists in the world around the characters which has nothing to do with them personally—it’s just the inherent conflict of the world. The setting can be rife with problems that prevent your protagonist from solving her problems and even add to her internal conflicts.

These environmental conflicts are the issues and situations that make it harder for the protagonist to face the challenges of the novel. Getting food when…

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Liam Bowditch – Neon (Acoustic cover)” on YouTube

Here’s my son singing a cover of a John Mayer song! Liam Bowditch is a musician living in Melbourne.

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My writing spot

This is my favorite place in my house….my writing spot. It’s at the front of the house, overlooking the garden filled with palms trees and where the local magpies like to gather.

When we first moved into the house, my husband (philistine that he is ) remarked ‘What’ll we put in here?’ Now its used so much that he grumbles that we need a new carpet as I ‘ve worn this one down!

Does anyone else have a favorite writing spot? Outside maybe? Or in a local cafe with a nice cappuccino?

Please share! Hope this week brings lots of creativity. 😊📚.

Where Writers Get Stuck: Marketing

Good marketing tips here…the dreaded part of being a writer!

Allison Maruska

Before I get started on today’s topic, I want to express a huge thank you to everyone who supported my fundraiser for Houston disaster relief or gave directly to an organization that will help people in need. We are seeing the best of America coming through every day, and if there’s a silver lining to everything that’s happened there, I think that’s it.

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Now, it’s time for the super secret post you’ve all been waiting for. Remember this Twitter poll?


It launched this whole mini-series on where writers get stuck. Be sure to check out planning, drafting, editing and revising, and querying or publishing if those are your personal struggles. While the poll was live, this comment happened:


So, to wrap up this series, let’s talk marketing! Is everyone excited??

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I know. I can’t fake it very well. But stick with me. It’ll be worth it.


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Book Review: Reader, I married him

Just loving this collection of short stories inspired by the historical novelist Charlotte Bronte! ‘Reader, I married him’ is one of the most celebrated lines in literature and the short stories are inspired by Bronte’s most well known character in Jane Eyre – Jane herself!

With a foreword by historical fiction writer Tracy Chevalier and contributions by esteemed writers such as Emma Donoghue, Kirsty Gunn and Esther Freud, the book is an absolute treasure! My favorites (so far, I’m about half way through the stories!) are by Tessa Hadley, Helen Dunmore and Evie Wyld but Dangerous Dog by Kirsty Gunn is fabulous…a gorgeous collection.!

Well worth owning 5/5

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