Stella’s Writing Journey

Instafreebie giveaway!

Over on instafreebie, author Ebony McKenna has organised an Aussie Kiwi Author Showcase for the month of May 2018. My short story, Finding the Betsy-Jade, is one of the giveaways. Here is  your free link to read the story If you enjoy it, please join my mailing list so I can let you know when other releases come out. (I won’t bombard you with emails, I promise). Stella xx  

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Tips & Tricks I learned from the Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018

Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018 I spent last Saturday morning attending this terrific event. For a humble $20 outlay, I gathered some fabulous information. Quick summary of bits and pieces that interested me: Covers and Merchandise I am a keen proponent of indie-publishing, so spent a lot of time checking out covers, bookmarks, book interiors etc on the display stands. Tips that worked for me: I prefer matte covers for fiction, gloss for non-fiction I prefer a simple interior rather than one with curly wurly graphics Bookmarks are fab giveaways! I’m using mine already (and I came straight home and made some – they are winging their way to me from the online printer as I type – fingers crossed they look okay Some booksellers had their table “themed”, e.g. with coloured cloth, and it looked terrific Events I have been asked to speak at a writers’ event later in…

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Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers Blog#2 Constructive Criticism

The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are five aspiring and emerging RWA members. Like many new RWA members, we worry about our skills, we have pride in our growing accomplishments, and we are nervous about whether we can ‘make it’. In 2018, we are guest bloggers for Romance Writers of Australia, where we will be sharing our journey from newbies to (fingers crossed, hearts wildly beating) accomplished writers. Read our February 2018 blog post here all about constructive criticism We connected at the RWA Conference 2017 in Brisbane, and formed a support group that has become an important step in our writing journey. We can be found on Facebook (click on our names below). We’d love you to come visit. Jayne Kingsley Marianne Bayliss Megan Mayfair Lou Greene Stella Quinn

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Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers

The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are five aspiring and emerging RWA members. Like many new RWA members, we worry about our skills, we have pride in our growing accomplishments, and we are nervous about whether we can ‘make it’. In 2018, we are guest bloggers for Romance Writers of Australia, where we will be sharing our journey from newbies to (fingers crossed, hearts wildly beating) accomplished writers. Read our January 2018 blog post here We connected at the RWA Conference 2017 in Brisbane, and formed a support group that has become an important step in our writing journey. We can be found on Facebook (click on our names below). We’d love you to come visit. Jayne Kingsley Marianne Bayliss Megan Mayfair Lou Greene Stella Quinn  

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Point of view: getting up close and personal

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a course hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre and beloved Australian romance author Anna Campbell, which covered the building blocks of romance fiction. I would thoroughly recommend taking this course if it is offered again. One of the exercises we played with was to re-write a lacklustre piece of prose into one which embraced the concept of “deep” point of view. (I have read some articles on Anna’s website, and she has an excellent article on point of view, which can be found here.) THE ORIGINAL PASSAGE BEFORE THE RE-WRITE Lord Julian Monteith saw the Earl of Monteith’s daughter as soon as he entered the crowded ballroom. She was hard to miss. Lady Eleanor was tall and blonde and very pretty. He heard the orchestra strike up a waltz. He would be able to touch her. He liked to touch her. She had…

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Stressed out about your synopsis?

You’re not alone. Everyone hates writing a synopsis. But, guess what? There’s help available. If you’re a member of the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), they hold lessons (called OWLS) periodically to walk you through the process. You can find their website here. Join your local writer’s centre. I’m a member of the Queensland Writer’s Centre, and they have a great resource available titled Synopsis Advice From QWC. You can find their website here. You can read below for my expert (!) advice. Full disclosure: in a recent competition held by RWA, a synopsis of mine came 6th … which isn’t quite first (*gnashes teeth) but it means I can pull one together when I need to.   Strategies for building your synopsis. Imagine there’s a long sandy beach spread out in the distance before you. A couple are wandering along in the same direction, occasionally holding hands, so that…

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Planning a series?

I recently attended a session  at a conference run by best-selling Australian romantic suspense author Chris Taylor, whose website can be found here. Chris is the author of 24 books which span three series. She spoke about discipline: She writes 5000 words a day!!! This translates to 75-80000 words every two months, which is a book Why a series? Series sell (she mentioned the binge-watching habits of Netflix viewers, which I can personally attest to. The Expanse, anyone? Blacklist? Outlander? So many happy hours …) What makes a successful series? She says each book must have its own problem and resolution She likes her readers to be able to read her books out of order and still “get” the story Her series are connected by something, and that something can be quite loose, eg a family group, a location such as a hospital She recommends not worrying about pleasing all…

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