Back to Creative Writing basics: showing vs telling

Any seasoned writer will know this: showing trumps telling, any time, any day. This show, not tell adage applies to all genres of creative writing, whether it's fiction (books, poetry, short stories) or non-fiction (memoir, literary journalism, lyric essay). In show, not tell, writers are urged to describe the various aspects in a story (character, …

Doldrum Saturdays

The weekend has rolled around, yet again. And your writing to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. You have a million and one other things you have to do before you feel like you can 'indulge' in your writing—things like laundry, dishes, feeding yourself, working a 'real' job that pays the monthly bills, resting …

Upcoming Writing Group!

I'm excited about lots of things, and one of them is leading a writing group! Interested in a writing group based in Melbourne, meeting once every month, complete with workshopping, writing tips and monthly challenges? Contact me now to register your interest! To be led by editor and published author Geraldine Stallard. #writing #creativewriting #writinggroup #Melbourne

What’s better than writing? Winning (a writing prize)!

Exciting news! So, the literary journal that's my blood, sweat and tears, The Eloquent Orifice, has been invited to participate in Sing Lit Station's inaugural Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry! The Prize seeks to reward the best poems published by a Southeast Asian literary journal/publication in 2017. The winning works will be awarded $1500, $700 and $300 …

“The H Word”

I just finished binge-watching the Marvel/Netflix mini-series, The Defenders. I sat in bed the whole day, cuddled up with a hot water bottle (Facebook did that whole virtual celebration of spring thingy, but they are sooooo wrong), and watched all eight episodes at a go. Now, I've never paid much mind to what other people think about …

Katsushika Hokusai

I've never been a particularly big fan of early Japanese art. It's not that I didn't like it—it just didn't move me the way classical European paintings do with their deeply intense, emotive imagery and light and shadows, such as Anguish by August Friedrich Schenck. When I first saw this painting—housed in a large room with more …