Author Archives: Kirstie Olley

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie is the current President of Vision Writers, has had ten 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

Writing Prompt: Birds

Another simple prompt for you today, but simple can be surprisingly versatile. Birds. You can go Hitchcockian horror like in ‘The Birds’, or take a science fiction turn like the genetically mutated Mockingjays in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Or think … Continue reading

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The Power Of The Paragraph

The first meeting of the year saw much great advice at the table on Sunday and that always makes my job of picking a piece of advice for this post hard. This month I selected some advice received by two … Continue reading

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Yahoo Group Issues

There are problems with our Yahoo Group currently(as at 22/1/18). The files section was down for several days prior and just now the entire group has seemingly vanished. I have made efforts to contact Yahoo support and hope to hear … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Kishotenketsu

For the first writing prompt of the new year I thought I’d challenge you to try something new. Most of us should be familiar with three act structure which most movies and books use. A lot of people might also … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Inspirational Workplaces

This months prompt is inspired half by the ‘perfect working day’ exercise I redid recently, and half by this very cool photo post. So, first up, look at your workspace (do you have one? As a full-time mum/whenever-I-can-squeeze-the-time writer mine … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Bad Moon Rising

“I see a bad moon a-rising. I see trouble on the way.” If you don’t know this song, give it a listen, absorb the lyrics, set the mood in your mind. Now, what does the bad moon look like? What … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name – Or Without One?

‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’ the bard once said, but would a rose without a name? Have you ever read a short story or the start of a book where the protagonist or POV … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Inheritance

To some it can be a boon, to others a tool used to control their every move, to others a surprise. There’s the classic horror storyline of a lawyer bearing news of an unexpected inheritance, but to receive it you … Continue reading

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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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