Tag Archives: Worldbuilding

If I only wrote what I know, I’d be silent.

Started a new job recently, and it’s an interesting one, dealing with secrets, bureaucracy, the public, and the public interest. It led me to considering the old writer’s adage of “write what you know”. This is (at least partially) sage … Continue reading

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Research and the Single Author

A former work colleague once confided in me his absolute loathing of Tim Winton. Somewhat startled, I asked why. Because he’s a fraud, I was told. Further questions revealed that the source of this fraud was the fact that in … Continue reading

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Selling your idea of a Martian

I heart Margaret Atwood. She’s a writer who manages to combine intense emotional states with clear, dispassionate prose and to create emotional worlds that are convincing and memorable. She’s also hard to pigeonhole in terms of Genre. Well known for … Continue reading

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Intimate Interiors: The author as decorator

Cory Doctorow is currently giving a talk at the State Library of Victoria. I only found out about it as it was happening (boo!), but one of the reported comments hit me right where I live. This is one of … Continue reading

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A Rose by any other name would still have an ethnic identity

I can write about the persecution of yellow-skinned people by white-skinned people in a fantasy universe, and while people will associate them with Asians, there will be none of the knee-jerk reactions that I would have if I was writing … Continue reading

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Relatable Worlds and Suspension of Disbelief

Readers are flighty beasts, whose attention wanders at the smallest excuse. You need to lull them into a secure zone of thought before you can tell a story properly and let it unspool in their mind in the way you … Continue reading

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But who will hear the story of the jailors?

Currently, I’m reading Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore. For the vast swathe (<eyeroll>) of  my readers not from Australia, this is a non-fiction book delineating Australia’s origin myth, the transportation of about 165,000 convicts to the other ends of the earth … Continue reading

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