Writing Tips and Tools

Get tips, tricks and tools on the craft of writing.

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“Your mental images, silly jokes and idle thoughts are the germs of finished work,” says WV tutor Mel Campbell.

Mel is a freelance journalist and cultural critic.

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For WV tutor Michelle Aung Thin, “setting is vital – character and story need a place and a time.”

Michelleis the author of the novel The Monsoon Bride. She has also written essays, short fiction and advertising.

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“Still the clamour of the rational brain and give the word time,” suggests WV tutor Rob Meldrum.

Rob has worked in theatre for 40 years as an actor, director and teacher.

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“Writing is about understanding the power of words,” says WV tutor Archie Fusillo.

Archie’s work includes novels, short stories, plays, feature stories, critical essays, reviews and advertising copy.

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“The skills required to write a great advertisement are not that different from those required to write a great novel,” says WV tutor Peter Barry.

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“Is your story better off told from a non-linear perspective?” asks WV tutor Leena van Deventer.

Leena is a writer and game developer from Melbourne.

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In the fifth and final month of her 2014 Online Short Story Clinic, WV tutor Laura Jean McKay shares her tips for resolving short stories...

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“Don’t be afraid of rewriting or deleting imperfect text,” says WV tutor Narrelle Harris, “Taking words away is still writing.”

Narrelle writes crime, horror, fantasy, erotica and non-fiction.

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“In order to write,” says WV tutor Lisa Jacobson, “a person must have money and a room [or a kitchen table] of one’s own.”

Lisa is an award-winning poet and fiction writer.

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“If you’re not sure what you’re saying, then nobody else will,” says WV tutor Myke Bartlett.

Myke is a journalist and novelist based in Melbourne.