Voice is as crucial a part of writing as anything else – the characteristic style and flow of words that an author develops which inextricably associates their work with them. It often takes a while to develop. You’ll know when you have, because your revisions will stop being filled with ‘rule application’ edits – you’ll… More What is your writing voice? And how to find it.
My book Desert Duel: New Zealand’s Land War in North Africa 1940-43, a brief history of New Zealand’s experience in Egypt and Libya during the Second World War, is being republished as part of a new military series. This time you’ll also be able to get it instantly, on Kindle. I wrote this book in 2001, and… More ‘Desert Duel': cover reveal!
The other week I read a marvellous short story by blogging friend Eric Wicklund, who posts extremely good stories on his blog. His setting involved a US carrier battle group, mysteriously transported to an alternate universe where magic worked. But so did twenty-first century tech, at least while it could be maintained. The story got me… More Rebuilding from the Stone Age is haaaaaaard…
WordPress did something horrible to my blog on Monday. My header and background suddenly vanished and nothing I did could restore it. I did some checking and discovered I wasn’t alone – most of the WordPress community had been hit by it. Apparently it was a botched attempt by WordPress to adjust the menu system.… More Nice blog. Pity if anything, you know, ‘happened’ to it…
This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a dolphin wake-surfing. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back… More This week’s mega short-story challenge
I’ve got a question to which I don’t – yet – know the answer. One of the biggest problems with the new publishing paradigm is the fact that the tools publishers have to make themselves known by are common to all social media and internet users. Any individual voice consequently gets lost in the noise.… More Going viral – the problem with authors being discovered on the web
I was asked the other week, on Facebook, why Jupiter doesn’t just fly off into space. You know, it’s so enormous, surely the Sun can’t hold it. Actually, it can. Jupiter is around 300 times the mass of Earth, sure – but it’s only 0.09 percent the mass of the Sun. Not only can the Sun… More The Sun’s big. Really big. And really grippy.