Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story.

Today in my morning pages I had an ah-ha moment. Man, it was a long time coming. Sometimes I'm astonished by how blinkered I can be. But once I had the realisation, I thought, I have to share this with the duckies! And while we're at it, for those of you who haven't heard me quack about morning pages …

Ten literary devices. Or how to zhoosh up your creative writing.

Sit up straight. Eyes and ears facing forward, please. The teacher is IN. The following is a list of basic literary devices. Literary devices? I know! It sounds impressive. Sorry if you feel like you're back at school. But sometimes we forget about this stuff and I do think it's worth revisiting. You could also think …

PASSION! The big P of creative writing.

Behold, creative writing duckettes! The three Ps that will keep you going through the tough times. Patience, perseverance and passion. Sadly not one of them is coated in chocolate. But that could easily be arranged. Patience. Easy peasy. All this means is that we simply have to patient with ourselves. We have to give ourselves time to learn. Sounds like a …

Sing, fish, sing! Creating quirky characters in fiction

Hello ducksters! This week in class we looked at character. It's a HUGE topic. Everyone had loads to say, especially me. I didn't get through half the material I wanted to cover. I didn't even have time to eat a cupcake. And there were cupcakes. And mini muffins. Lemon butter biscuits. Homemade banana bread. Hold on. What I mean to say …

There is no bookcase! How I found stories when there were none.

‘It is impossible to define precisely what the soul is. Definition is an intellectual enterprise anyway; the soul prefers to imagine.’ Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul I grew up in a book-free household. Actually, I did have some Little Golden Books. I remember when we 'went down the street' and visited Woolworths, my mother would …