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Early last year I was thrilled to find out that Margaret River Press was going to publish my collection of short stories. I was excited—then scared! What if I stuffed everything up? Enter Josephine Taylor: cool, calm, collected—editor extraordinaire! After my...
Over the years, Moore’s writing has taught me how a story’s ‘plot’ can come from moments of intellectual or emotional insight: a character’s ‘epiphany’ can be just as ‘climactic’ as the moment they trip over a dead body! Moore illustrates how an authorial position of empathy (not sympathy) allows…
H.C. Gildfind shares the inspiration behind the cover of ‘The Worry Front’ due for release in April 2018. Thanks very much to Susan Miller for the subtle, stylish and intriguing cover she has designed for The Worry Front. Susan has used the familiar symbol of the weather map to allude directly to the title-story’s central […]
Part Two:  Something, from nothing—freewriting in action In the first part of this series, I showed how ‘freewriting’ emerged from my adolescent journaling habit as the key means through which I find and build stories. The following shows how I used this method to write the short story, ‘Ferryman.’ Whilst visiting family in Scotland, I […]
Part One: A writer is someone who writes, right? In my teens, I kept notebooks which recorded thoughts and feelings and the ‘goings on’ in my wild, rock ‘n’ roll life as a nerd. I thought that ‘writing out’ problems would help me fix them, or purge them, or at least understand them—and I hoped […]
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