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Perfecting the craft Articles

October 19th, 2021 | Blog, Latest, Perfecting the craft, Tips

Writers never stop developing their craft, but if you’re a new or aspiring writer, the Writers SA team have shared a few tips and techniques to help you along the way: Write even when you’re not feeling itNora Roberts famously said, ‘You can’t edit a blank page’ and for some […]

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February 12th, 2018 | Latest, Life Writing/Memoir, News, Perfecting the craft, Workshops, Writers SA news | Tags:

              Back by popular demand, our scintillating series of Adelaide Writers’ Week masterclasses returns in March. Hosted by revered international authors, this is your chance to learn from the world’s finest writers, right here in Adelaide. Join copyright renegade Cory Doctorow for a fiction masterclass on […]

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November 4th, 2014 | Blog, Editing, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

By Kevin O’Brien Why not join us for the Fiction Feedback focus group? I should start this blog post by saying that good editors will ask you more than five questions about your novel, but I’ve chosen the following issues in particular as they can be the hardest to fix […]

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April 30th, 2014 | Blog, Editing, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

By Katy McDevitt NB: SAWC is holding an Editing Bootcamp. Register early to avoid disappointment. Here’s a proposition for you: editors are the most misunderstood of any publishing professional. Let’s test it out. What do you think of when I ask you to imagine an editor? Perhaps a dainty woman […]

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April 22nd, 2014 | Blog, Perfecting the craft, Poetry, Workshops | Tags:

By Emily Davis In general I’m a bit of a communic-a-tard. This is kind of like being a lactard (allergic to milk), but perhaps with slightly more serious connotations and consequences. I can assure you I can write, and read and speak, and I’m not too bad at a boozy […]

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April 21st, 2014 | Blog, Genre, Perfecting the craft, Resources, Tips | Tags:

Here are some great writing prompt sites to help you bust through any moments of writer’s block (or just keep you in an internet spiral all day long):  Writing Prompts on Tumblr Creative Writing Prompts  Awesome Writing Prompts Daily prompts sent to your inbox  200 Fantasy Writing Prompts  Spec Fic […]

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March 5th, 2014 | Blog, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Tips | Tags:

By Sue Fleming Give yourself time in your life for your writing and do justice to your muse! Preserve the ideas as they come to you – scribble them down, cut them out or scratch them on the wall! Read, read and read. Always draft and re-draft your work until […]

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October 30th, 2013 | Blog, Books, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Tips, Workshops | Tags:

By Steve Evans We all form opinions, and more or less continuously. You finish reading a book and ask yourself, would I recommend it, and why? Perhaps you began to realise early on in which direction such thoughts were heading. On the other hand, maybe you got part way through […]

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October 29th, 2013 | Blog, Books, Characters, Perfecting the craft, Writing for Children | Tags:

By Katrina Germein    JOIN KATRINA FOR HER EXAMINING EXCELLENT PICTURE BOOKS WORKSHOP   Dear Katrina, I want to write a picture book but I want to do it my own way. I’ve read that picture books should have repetition and I think repetition is boring. I’ve read that publishers […]

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October 23rd, 2013 | Blog, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Tips | Tags:

By Steve Evans We are all creatures of habit. Sometimes we try to shuck those tendencies—give up smoking, be fitter, become a better friend, learn how to write a bestseller. Sometimes it seems we are offered, if not a miracle cure, then an easy way through. No-one is immune to […]

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October 16th, 2013 | Blog, Genre, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

By Jennie Cumming Thanks to the proliferation of specialised websites and zines, short fiction has become more popular in recent years. Because of the time involved in providing feedback on each other’s work, the writing group I belong to restricts the monthly submission from each member to about 1500 words. […]

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October 2nd, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Perfecting the craft, Tips | Tags:

By Walter Mason  Have you ever read any of the work of Steven Pressfield? He is very much the creativity guru of the moment, and I like him because he really deals in a type of tough love for artists and writers. No molly-coddling, no delicate nurturing of the creative […]

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September 25th, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Workshops | Tags:

By Threasa Meads In his memoir, Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov says: Neither in environment nor heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that pressed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to […]

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September 23rd, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Industry news, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

This is a snippet from a brief talk I’ll be giving at the SA Writers Centre this Thursday on the subject of what editors do.  Whenever I tell people I’m a book editor, and the conversation doesn’t swiftly move on, their first question is usually, ‘So what do editors do?’ […]

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September 19th, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Workshops | Tags:

By Vikki Wakefield One of the questions most commonly asked of a writer is: where do you get your ideas from? Short answer: ideas are everywhere. An idea is  the brilliant start to everything, a comet of the imagination, a blazing possibility that will fizzle and die if you don’t […]

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