Writing Tips

There are so many wonderful sites around with detailed, extensive writing tips, so I’ve provided links to some of my favourites. I’ve also listed my simple but *golden* rules for writing. These are the things that have kept me consistently published.

  • Finish what you start

There is absolutely no point, that I can think of, having scores of unfinished literary masterpieces in your files. Make a point of finishing what you start. This can be very difficult in the beginning as you learn the technique for seeing a story through to the end. Persevere.

  • Put your work away for a while before you send it out

I cannot emphasize enough, how a story can benefit from being left to mature before re-working –  and believe me, I’m the most impatient person in the history of the world.

  • Seek professional development

Never cease trying to improve. Search out opportunities.

  • Learn how to take constructive criticism

Constructive criticism is your key to success. Surround yourself with people who can give it.

  • Be consistent

Novels take time. Develop the habit you need to produce enough words.

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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