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Building an emotional connection with your reader: Three things you need to get right

We’ve all been there: eyes racing across the page, fingertips at the ready to turn the page, devouring the words as fast as possible - because we desperately need to know what happens to the main character. Where does that need come from? Why is it so urgent? It’s because we have developed an [...]

Building an emotional connection with your reader: Three things you need to get right2019-06-24T02:08:17+00:00

Book review: Tinderbox by Megan Dunn

Megan Dunn’s Tinderbox is an autobiographical account of her attempt to write a work of fiction as a tribute to Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451. Tinderbox weaves together raw and real description of a writer’s life, first-draft material from her failed novel, and reflections on the origins and significance of Fahrenheit 451. Tinderbox is [...]

Book review: Tinderbox by Megan Dunn2019-06-01T03:52:40+00:00

Interviews with Auckland writers: Alexei

Tell us a little bit about yourself Generally I don’t like to talk about myself all that much! I have been a dweller of the Auckland suburbs my entire life. Writing, however, is something I haven’t been doing my entire life. I think my first attempts at writing (outside of forced schoolwork) were fan [...]

Interviews with Auckland writers: Alexei2019-05-01T08:57:17+00:00

Quick fix: How to get out of a writing slump

Sometimes, sitting down and producing a thousand quality words feels easy, enjoyable and almost automatic. Other times, the days can either drag by with you staring at an unforgiving screen of white, or you can notice that a month has flown and you haven't sat down to write once. What can we do when motivation and inspiration walk out the door? Here are four tips to get you writing again:

Quick fix: How to get out of a writing slump2019-05-01T08:58:37+00:00

Make the Reader Cry: The Dangers of Naming Emotions in Writing

Naming the emotion, instead of expressing it using one of the techniques outlined below, is a sure way to distance your reader from your characters. There is more than one type/cause/experience of every emotion. Naming the emotion destroys any nuance, leaving a bland, generic taste in the reader’s mouth.

Make the Reader Cry: The Dangers of Naming Emotions in Writing2019-03-15T07:58:29+00:00

Five types of writer’s block – and how to beat them

Writer’s block can strike in many different forms, and there’s no one straightforward solution that’s going to get you through it every time. Recognising which type of writer’s block you’re experiencing will help you find the right tools to break through it. Here we list five common types of writer’s block, and our favourite tried-and-tested answers to overcoming them.

Five types of writer’s block – and how to beat them2019-03-15T07:59:28+00:00