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

Writing Prompt: New Traditions

This time of year is rife with traditions, whether it be the deeply religious, or the old family type. But what if you’re in a world without Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of our world’s familiar holidays? What festival do they … Continue reading

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Today was a pretty funny meeting. Unintended innuendo had me laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes. It was also a touching meeting, with our lovely VP taking the time to bolster the confidence of another member. It’s … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: First Line Fun

Take your favourite book. What’s its first line? We’re going to use that as the base, but here’s a few rules. Try not to work in the same genre as that book. None of the characters can be facsimiles of … Continue reading

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Filter Words

As always there was a wealth of good advice at the meeting. It can make it very hard to choose what to write about in these ‘meeting takeaway’ posts. This month I’d like to talk about filter words. Filter words … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Platinum

Vision Writers is officially 20 years old this month. Woah! We are Brisbane’s oldest speculative fiction writers group and this is our platinum anniversary. So fittingly this month’s writing prompt is platinum. Just that. Platinum. Let’s see where our active … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary!

Wow! Vision Writers is officially twenty years old! To think two whole decades ago Rowena, Marianne, Adrianne, and (who else? I’m sure there were others but I don’t know who – I’d love to if only for historical accuracy and … Continue reading

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Taking the Time To Savour Your Action Scenes

Happy Father’s Day for yesterday to all the dads out there. We had a very laid back meeting on Saturday (it was moved from Sunday to Saturday just this month so we weren’t forcing people to chose between the meeting … Continue reading

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September Meeting Date/Time/Location

Out of respect for Father’s Day the September meeting has been shifted to SATURDAY 3rd September, still at the usual 11am, but now at the Communal Bar and Grill (right out the front of the Brisbane Square Library). Meetings will … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Don’t speak

This is less a prompt and more a challenge. Can you write a story with no dialogue? Normally it would be a terrible mistake to have a story with no dialogue, but if you come at it from the right … Continue reading

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War and Commerce

Hacked Fit Bits aside, this month’s best bit of advice from the meeting is to do with deeper levels of world building. Be warned this is a very simplified explanation of what is a large and complex topic that I … Continue reading

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