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Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity, Review | 0 comments

Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review by Kelly Matsuura  From the Blurb: When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who...

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An Update on the Teen Writing Competition

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Competitions, News | 0 comments

The Teen Writing Competition closed two weeks ago and I’m not even half way through the entries. It is taking me longer than I expected to get through all the submissions, partly due to the number of entries, but mostly due to the sheer awesomeness of each of the stories. I keep forgetting I am supposed to be taking notes and judging as I read. Instead I drift off into new and exciting worlds created by each of the stories, and struggle to return before realising there is a purpose to all this reading other than my own enjoyment. So...

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Visibility Fiction is now a Paying Market!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Competitions, News | 0 comments

It’s time for some exciting news: Visibility Fiction is now a paying market! From now on, we will be offering a token payment for all fiction stories published on Visibility Fiction. The payment will be $5 for each story and payments will be made through PayPal.* [Edit: our pay rate has now gone up to $10] We will continue to publish on an irregular publishing schedule, publishing stories based on quality rather than restrictive deadlines. We think this is the best way to ensure Visibility Fiction maintains a high standard of young...

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Why stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about writing characters from diverse backgrounds: their story doesn’t have to be about being different. Once upon a time literature was overwhelmed by straight, white, able men and occasionally women. In response, a diverse and inclusive culture had to break through the barrier of expectation. We had to come out, explode forth, and express ourselves as the new freak nation. Fighting to find a place in culture, we had to announce our difference, explain, re-explain and declare our right to be different and a part...

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Paint with Words – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Writing Advice | 0 comments

Paint with Words by Kelly Matsuura I compare writing short stories to painting a picture because the author/artist only has a small space to work with. The artist is limited to the size of the canvas, so every color and brush stroke used must blend together to tell a story and convey the desired emotion to the viewer. Just like a painting, a short story must tell a complete story but it should just focus on one event or theme with only a few necessary characters. Use color You may be typing out a story in black and white, but the story should...

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Writing Plot and Character, Part 2 – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Writing Advice | 0 comments

Writing Plot and Character, Part 2 by Adam Byatt Character People are interesting. Very interesting. A short story has at its centre a person like you and me. You know the type: boring, average, nothing spectacular… BUT… that’s what makes the character so interesting. Think of Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen. It is their unique ability to be average that makes them so appealing. We want them to triumph because we identify with their ordinariness (and we want the greatness that is thrust upon them to also be thrust upon us). To study the...

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Writing Plot and Character, Part 1 – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Writing Advice | 3 comments

Writing Plot and Character, Part 1 by Adam Byatt When writing a story do you start with a plot idea or do you start with a character? Which comes first? In writing my own stories I have had plots looking for a character and characters looking for a plot. However you start, there are some basic principles for writing a story between 1000 and 4000 words in length. Let’s start with PLOT. Well-known and generally awesome Australian writer Jackie French said, “A great book needs a great story. It’s not the way it’s written. It’s...

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“Becoming” a Writer – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Writing Advice | 0 comments

“Becoming” a Writer by Lisa V. Tomecek One thing I find myself asked on at least a semi-regular basis is how I came to be a writer. Now, bear in mind that, for the most part, this question is asked most often by people who want to be writers themselves, and I in no way intend to knock them for that. However, it’s also asked by other people who mean it in a different way. In those cases, this seemingly innocent inquiry amounts to code for “Who said you could be a writer? Who made you into one, and what were their...

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Writer’s Block – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Writing Advice | 0 comments

Writer’s block is an evil creature. It creeps up when you least expect it to ruin all your writing plans, and your fun. As John from Teens Can Write Too puts it: Yes, writer’s block. That evil, vicious, good-for-nothing, soul-sucking (have I made my point yet?) disease… We all know it happens, and yet, it seems to devastate our productivity no matter what. Luckily, there are tricks for overcoming writer’s block and one of the easiest simply involves letting go. John has written a great piece most accurately entitled...

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How Do They Do It? – Writing Advice

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Writing Advice | 2 comments

How Do They Do It? by Lisa V. Tomecek Though it happened well over half my life ago, I still remember standing in the bookstore, mooning over my favorite authors on the Fantasy and Science Fiction shelf, wondering how they managed to create such vivid worlds and engaging stories. Magic, I thought. It’s got to be. Otherwise how could they do it? This of course discouraged me. You see, I’m one of those magically-challenged folks. A muggle, if you will. I knew my writing was light years behind the stuff I liked to read, yet I was absolutely...

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