Are your characters loveable?

Should we always write loveable characters? Or even likeable? I recently received constructive feedback on a short story I entered into a competition. One of the comments "...this successfully built empathy for her situation whilst allowing one to dislike her for..." led me to wonder how many times a character I have had empathy for, … Continue reading Are your characters loveable?

A Guide To Berlin by Gail Jones – my thoughts

I am not a reviewer, but I like to share my thoughts when I read a good book. (I am proud to say I am currently reading some great books by Australian writers.) A Guide To Berlin was written by one of my favourite Oz writers, Gail Jones. Don't get me wrong, I am not … Continue reading A Guide To Berlin by Gail Jones – my thoughts

If Anthony Trollope can do it, or 117,000 words 15 mins at a time.

In my last post I told you that I was easily distracted from writing, in reality suffering from the chronic malaise of procrastination. Then how did I manage to write more than 117,000 words in eight months you ask? Glad you asked. When I began my draft last year, I set myself a goal of … Continue reading If Anthony Trollope can do it, or 117,000 words 15 mins at a time.