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/

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Meeting Wisdom | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Appearances | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Meeting Wisdom | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Meeting Wisdom | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Writing Prompts | 1 Comment