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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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:
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.
Writing is a calling. It may require skill and talent and craft, and many other things, but above all it requires passion and enthusiasm. And, as a writer, you need to write the thing that calls to you - whether it's a short story, a novel, or maybe, sometimes, just a blog post.
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.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt follows the thirteen-year-old Theo Decker after the loss of his mother in a terrorist attack at the Met in New York. During the attack, Theo steals the painting that gives the novel its title, Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch. While the title of the book might [...]
The Power was a joy to read from start to finish.
Beyond the obvious enjoyment of reading about a world where women rule, The Power offered many other delights that are hard to find elsewhere in literature and in film.