YOU HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK 25 ESSENTIAL WRITING TIPS: GUIDE TO WRITING GOOD FICTION. CAN YOU SHARE YOUR TOP 5?
25 ESSENTIAL TIPS grew out of a tips sheet I put together for aspiring authors years ago. After critiquing a few fiction works—short stories and novels—I noticed recurring weaknesses cropping up. Earlier this year I decided to flesh out the tips and publish them as a guide.
2. show don’t tell (mixing it up is fine but definitely more showing than telling)
3. dialogue should keep the story moving and be real
4. characterisation (build your characters over the course of the story so readers feel they’re getting to know them as they would a real person)
5. descriptions (keep them brief. A couple of well-chosen words can say more than a paragraph or page of waffle).
Re-write, re-write and when you think it’s perfect examine it again.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I’ve always liked the process of writing; I like words and fitting them together, making them read like poetry in prose so the cadence sweeps you away—love that. Another big buzz is getting into my characters’ worlds. I love how they and their lives become so real they become part of me—when I’m writing their stories they’re the last thing I think about before falling asleep and the first thing when I wake.
IMBROGLIO, my second published novel is the biggest seller at the moment. Like AUTOMATON it has two main leads, a female and male. The title IMBROGLIO is a reflection of the mess Noel Valentine gets herself into when she rescues someone from a burning car on the road between Cairns and Port Douglas. Among other high-risk situations she finds herself fending off sharks of the fin and two-legged varieties.
Optimistic (can’t see the point of being anything else)
Calm (at work—my boss used to say I was a calming influence in an emergency)
Volatile (at home—my kids say no way am I calm)
Cautious (I used to be SUCH a risk-taker as a kid I figure I’ve used up all my luck)