A Surprise Round Every Corner

I love research, finding the little details. I guess that as you are writing almost on behalf of the characters, you want to get the details exactly right.
Great post, Sandie.

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival on the weekend, one of the events I went to was ‘The Most Unlikely of Paces’ all about authors and their research. It was a fascinating panel and one that I was particularly interested in because one of the things that has surprised me most about my own writing journey, is the amount of research I’ve had to do for my two novels, despite the fact I write contemporary fiction.

If you haven’t read Brooks, do. She’s brilliant.

If I were writing historical fiction, then I would expect to have to do a lot of research. Geraldine Brooks, an absolute writing God when it comes to this genre, does so much research for each of her novels it is mind-blowing. But when you write a story about the first Native American to graduate Harvard in 1665(Caleb’s Crossing), or a story about an English village cutting…

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Life through the eyes of a child


When I was a little-un, I used to study garden snails very closely as they glided slowly along the garden wall. I would try to see a facial expression on their faces, hoping that they would smile lazily at me when I picked them up. Me being me,  I often created a whole personality and background for them in my head, which would then convince me that they were either smiling, frowning (at me), or even crying. It made them real to me.

I sometimes yearn for that time, when uncensored creativity was the order of the day.

I want to get re-acquainted  with that part of myself. If I find more micro photography images, I will post them here.

If you recommend a micro photography blog that I should look at, please let me know below!


P.S- This little guy is called Oscar. He is running away from home, because his mum tidied his room without asking, which made him mad. He’s a little Emo sullen, which is why he is hanging his head down as he slides.

Do you need a degree to write?

My eyes have been opened! Thanks to the great Natasha Lester, I have discovered a whole world of literary devices that I never knew existed. OK, some I knew of. But others…I just had no idea. None.

And this got me thinking….


I have never studied creative writing, where I probably would have come across things like literary devices. Therefore my work thus far has lacked the depth that studying creative writing could have given it.  So being the eager sponge that I am, I want to educate myself.

Should I do a degree? Can I king-hit a certificate? How about starting on a statement of attainment?

What do you all think I should do? Should I learn as I go? Should I study a certain  course?

Comment below, and tell me how you got to be so good.


P.S- Did you see what I did there?



A thriller to look out for…

Book description How could such a thing happen? But it did happen. I wasn’t one of the others, observing. It happened to me. One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can […]

via **Blog tour** Child Taken by Darren Young #BookReview @DARRENYOUNGBOOK @REDDOORBOOKS — The Book Review Café

I will be looking out for this book, as it sounds like it has similar themes to the story I am currently researching. I am fascinated by the theme of criminal guilt versus the kind of morality that transcends our justice system. Which justice system is more “just”?