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Writing for Children - a piece of cake?

It’s easy to write a children’s book isn’t it? From the huge numbers of new books now appearing, including all the Ebooks and  self published works,  character driven series, tv and movie spin offs, and school reader series, it looks as though it could be an ideal career for anyone, and certainly the publicity given to some of the major publishing successes of recent years has encouraged enormous numbers of people to have a go. 455 more words

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Seamless Personification in a poem by Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson closes his book Natural History with a poem that bends the usual presentation of a persona poem, or a personification. “Scared by the smallest shriek of a pig, and when wounded, always give ground” is an odd combination of both, but it works because the character is so believable. 730 more words

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Plagiarism is the worst crime against artists.

Now I’m not talking about murder here (although I’m sure some artists would say they would rather you murdered them than claimed their work for your own), but when it comes to crimes you can commit with a person’s piece of work—a novel, album, painting, whatever—then plagiarism is the absolute worst, most disrespectful, horrible thing you can do. 331 more words

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New Non-fiction Anthology – ‘Story Behind the Book : Volume 3’

Thanks to Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner for including my essay on the ideas that inspired the writing of Blood Song in their new anthology ‘Story Behind the Book : Volume 3 – Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction.’ 215 more words

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Writer's Block

I love it when those super productive plot bunnies come to visit.  Those days when ideas for new plots, or new exciting twists for a work in process come streaming in hard and fast, and supply writing fodder for years to come.  590 more words

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The Concept Of Buy-In For Fiction

In poker, the term ‘buy-in’ refers to the minimum amount of money required to join a particular game of poker. However, the term can also be useful when applied to fiction. 803 more words

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The Concept Of Buy-In For Fiction

In poker, the term ‘buy-in’ refers to the minimum amount of money required to join a particular game of poker. However, the term can also be useful when applied to fiction. 803 more words

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