Writing Course: Self-Editing Your Work

You have written a story – short story or novel, it doesn’t matter. Now it is time to self-edit it. It is easy to find flaws in other people’s work, but quite difficult to recognise them in your own. There are three components of self-editing: 1. line/copy-editing, 2. sentence editing, 3. content editing. Line/Copy-editing A … Read moreWriting Course: Self-Editing Your Work

Writing Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 2)

You might want to read Part 1 first. Setting A setting doesn’t need to specify a country, it can be confined to a town, house, room, car, park, tunnel or anywhere else. The setting needs to be there but doesn’t need to take on a role. However, some authors manage to make the setting as … Read moreWriting Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 2)

Writing Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 1)

The elements of short story include: characterisation dialogue point of view setting structure narrative style   Creating Believable Characters Most mainstream short stories are ‘character driven’ rather than ‘plot driven’. For this reason, it is important for fiction writers to develop their characterisation skills. The best place to start is by reading short stories written … Read moreWriting Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 1)

Writing Course: History of the Short Story

A short story is fiction. It should not be confused with true events, which is written as non-fiction. A short story is an account of what if? What might have happened. It is difficult to determine when the first short story was written. Narratives from The Golden Age of Greece and the New Testament contain … Read moreWriting Course: History of the Short Story

Writing Course: Defined Work Roles

Ideas are everywhere. For a writer this means the capability to write is plentiful. Finding paid employment, on the other hand, is another matter. Work opportunities are often not advertised and are not confined to a 9am to 5pm work day. They are nearly always governed by deadlines. Journalist A journalist writes articles for newspapers, … Read moreWriting Course: Defined Work Roles

Writing Course: Styles/Categories of Writing

This is the second part of the previous post. The topic was too long to do in one sitting. 3b: Styles/Categories of Writing Indigenous Writing: In recent years there has been an increase in Aboriginal writing. The literary voices of Aboriginal people are still being discovered and as this happens Australian literature evolves in authenticity … Read moreWriting Course: Styles/Categories of Writing

Writing Course: Forms of Writing

There are many different types of writing in existence. The writing industry demands they are categorised. This can cause a rigidness but is also handy for organisation and assists in identifying publications. Writing is generally categorised into two main areas – fiction and non-fiction. Fiction Fiction is created from the author’s imagination. Forms of writing … Read moreWriting Course: Forms of Writing