Category Archives: fiction

Universal Plots: Dystopian World

A lone citizen seeks to escape or overturn a totalitarian society that has arisen after a global disaster. Often called dystopian fiction, the protagonist of this universal plot is usually an insider rather than an outsider in the society. Although … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: Rags to Riches

The hero fallen on hard times rises to fame or fortune through luck or determination. Why do we like reality television so much? Maybe it’s the lure of the rags to riches story — someone rising from obscurity to fame and/or … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome: Write a single scene

I wrote recently that sometimes the problem of not being able to end your narrative can be more a problem of not knowing how and where to begin. One suggestion I have for writing your story in a short narrative … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome One: Start in the Middle

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing a story is knowing where to begin. You may know what your story is going to be about, who the characters are, what the main idea is and how the story needs to … Continue reading

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My stories in Cricket Magazine

If you are outside Australia and cannot borrow my books from your local library, you will find two of my stories in Cricket Magazine. ‘Sonnet Girl’ is published over two issues, February and March 2006. ‘Postcards from Hawaii’ appears in … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: have a character find something unusual in an unexpected place.

For example: Two seven-year-old boys discover a strange looking bottle in the school sandpit. When one of them wipes it on his shirt to clean it a genie appears in the middle of the schoolyard. (chapter book) When twin eggs … Continue reading

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