Author Archives: Kirstie Olley

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie is the current President of Vision Writers, has had several short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/

September Meeting Details 2017

To avoid clashing with Fathers’ Day we have shifted the meeting day for September from Sunday 3rd September to Saturday 2nd September. Since our usual meeting room is not available at this time we have also changed the location to … Continue reading

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Giving Your Reader Setting Up Front

One of the greatest pleasures and direst pains of being a speculative fiction writer is the world building. There is far too much advice on world building to fit in a single concise article, so for now I’m going to … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Opening and Ending Lines

Take one of the lines below for your opening line, another for your closing line, and fill in the blanks between. For an extra challenge (or if free choice has not provided you with inspiration) use the random number generator. … Continue reading

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The Unlikeable Ones

Have you ever received that feedback before? “I just didn’t like your protagonist,” says your critiquer. Sometimes it’s as simple as using a ‘save the cat’ moment to fix, but what about when your POV character that received the feedback … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Wrongly Accused

We’ve all seen it before. We all fear it: being wrongly accused. In movies like The Fugitive we’ve seen it play out. What you need: Protagonist: The Accused Antagonist 1: The Accuser Antagonist 2: The Actual Criminal (optional, sometimes both … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Tongue Twisters To Life

Take a tongue twister and bring it to life. For example: She sells sea shells by the sea shore. Who is she? Why does she sell seashells right where people could grab them for themselves if they wanted to? Maybe … Continue reading

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Keep On Keeping On

There weren’t many stories up for critiquing at the bittersweet table of judgment this month. This means there wasn’t a huge amount of feedback to become the meeting takeaway. The coup de grace is that the best bit of advice … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Eavesdropping

At the last meeting one of the bits of advice given was about dialogue and how to make it more realistic. A trick suggested to help improve dialogue was eavesdropping on real conversations and analysing them. While that tidbit was … Continue reading

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How To Receive a Critique

To follow up on my previous post about how to give a critique I thought I’d best help those bright-eyed and bushy tailed newbies with their usually even bigger fear (and yet driving force behind showing up): receiving a critique. … Continue reading

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How To Critique – A Newbie’s Guide

With newbies frequently joining the group I often hear or see them struggle with fear that they don’t know how to critique and worry they won’t be a valuable addition to the group. So, since there was no particularly significant … Continue reading

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