Emerging Writers: Guest Post #7 On selling out and tucked away gems

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Guest Posts

Daniella Latham is a senior writer for a global corporation and has spent her career in the advertising industry. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and English Literature from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and is currently working on her first novel. Take it away Daniella. *** Selling-Out, v3 1/21/13 Who Cares About Selling-Out? If you’re reading this now, perhaps you’re sitting in your office or taking a glance during the 11pm news – but the chances are...

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Emerging Writers: Guest Post #5 A Slow Cold Death – A mystery with scientific fraud & academic violence!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Guest Posts

Susy Gage is a successful academic who hasn’t waited until retirement to write fiction. Her books tell the story of science in the trenches, where only 1-2% of PhDs eventually get faculty jobs and the rest often linger as “unstable intermediates” (postdocs and worse) for decades. Those lucky enough to become assistant professors battle a winner-takes-all system where a few lions divide billions of federal funds and rarely ask the lambs what’s for...

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Guest post: Nadine Maritz – Aspiring South African Vampire Fiction Author

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Guest Posts

Q. Hi Nadine. Can we kick off the interview by discussing your current work in progress? A: Hi Laurence. Sure. I’ve been working on a trilogy of South African Vampire Fiction for about two years now. Q: What’s the title of your work? A: I’ve called it My Addiction for the past two years but I’m sure I’ll change the name to some degree once we’ve completed the editing process and all. Give it more of an African feel. Q: Where did the idea come from? A: I’m not really 100%...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Pace – what keeps us reading!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in On Writing

. My last post was on theme, and it is critical, but even if you have a great theme you have to keep people reading. To do that your writing needs to have pace. So what is pace? Pace is movement. Pace is driving forward. Pace is action. If you spend too much time on exposition, back story and detail then you are going to lose pace. Getting the balance right is the tricky part with pace. Consider your genre and your style as you use the following techniques for adding pace...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Writing fiction for the 21st century

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in On Writing

The first thing you have to do to get your fiction noticed is to write in a style that is up to date. I read a novel from a hundred years ago a while back and after page one I wanted to throw it away. The style was long-winded. Every sentence had thirty words. I could imagine the lives people lived back then, when the next interruption would be the bell for lunch, two hours from now. Readers these days live in a world of constant interruption. Media, mobiles and madness...

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