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Three writers discuss the author exposed

Possibly the most important job an author has is to remain invisible. Expose yourself through weak writing and the reader will be dragged away from the world you’ve spent so much time creating.


Three Writers discuss settings

A good description gives the reader the feel of the place in which the story is set, and therefore, the mood of the story itself. The description should convey emotion. If it’s flatly realistic, it’s probably not doing its job. 


Three writers talk about author branding

Author branding is about promising a certain reading experience. “Brand” means having a recognisable, consistent voice and approach from book to book, so your fans know what to expect. It doesn’t mean you have to write the same thing over and over.


Three Writers report on the Romance Writers of Australia Conference

Apart from 350-ish women, three wise men attended this year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference in Sydney. Why were the three men wise? Because it is the biggest and most professional conference for writers in Australia.


Three Writers discuss the pot-holed path to publication

Welcome to our cross-blog, which offers tips on writing. Every month Sydney Smith will discuss some aspect of the writing craft with Jennifer Scoullar and Kathryn LedsonThis month we tell our how-we-got-published stories and we welcome your questions and comments.


Three writers discuss plot thumbscrews

I love a plot thumbscrew. This is an event where two or more storylines intersect and the difficulty escalates for the protagonist – they find it much harder to get what they want. Characters and their attendant storylines meet all the time in a narrative, but the difference is that a plot thumbscrew escalates the difficulty.


Three writers discuss plot triggers

A plot trigger (or inciting incident) launches the story. It’s the protagonist’s call to action – the thing that sets the story in motion and gives our protagonist a problem to solve. Anything before the plot trigger is scene setting, characterisation, back story, etc.

A plot trigger can come in many forms. The discovery of a body, a letter in the mail, a desperate plea on the telephone, perhaps even a conversation or epiphany.