Sydney Smith

The Author Exposed

Possibly the most important job an author has is to remain invisible. Expose yourself through weak writing and the reader will be dragged away from the world you’ve spent so much time creating, straight into your office. Even a typo or printing error can cause a reader to think about poor editing instead of that desperate, blood-deprived vampire. Welcome to my monthly blog chat with writing guru Sydney Smith and best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar. This month we're discussing the way in which naughty authors (and lazy editors) can expose themselves.

KATH

Why Set the Scene?

Welcome to my monthly writerly chat with writing guru Sydney Smith and best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar. This month we take a look at scene setting.

KATH

This writing caper is full of surprises and learning curves. Even now, with two books published, I sometimes feel like I’m only just ready to graduate. From Novel Writing kindergarten.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT DIALOGUE?

Welcome to our cosy, monthly blog chat where writing guru Sydney Smith, best-selling author Jennifer Scoullar, and little old I address all things writerly. This month, we look at DIALOGUE.

SYDNEY

Dialogue is the most dramatic expression of conflict in narrative. It isn’t simply an exchange of information. Each speaker must have an agenda, and that should emerge in the course of the dialogue sequence. Preferably, it emerges at once, or nearly so.

THE PLOT TRIGGER

Welcome to our monthly blog - a writerly chat between Sydney Smith, Jennifer Scoullar and me, where Sydney poses a question; Jen and I answer, then Sydney smacks our wrists and provides the REAL answer. :) Our discussions offer tips for writers at all levels. This month we're discussing the plot trigger.

WHAT IS A PLOT TRIGGER?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD ANTAGONIST?

Welcome to our cross-blog, which offers tips on writing. Every month Sydney Smith will ‘interview’ Jennifer Scoullar and me on some aspect of the writing craft. We welcome your questions and comments; feel free to respond on this page.

This month’s question is: What makes a good antagonist?

According to Wikipedia, “An antagonist is a person or group of people who oppose the main character.” But the antagonist can also be non-human. It can be a dragon, a Martian, a volcano, a disease like Parkinson’s; anything that opposes the protagonist.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF AUTHOR IDENTITY

Welcome to our first cross-blog, which offers tips on writing, with particular emphasis on the romance genre. Every month, Jennifer Scoullar, Sydney Smith and I will get together to discuss some aspect of the writing craft. These blogs will be concise, to allow room for discussion with our readers. We welcome your questions and comments; feel free to respond on this page.

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is one of the new fabulous people in my life and I feel like the luckiest person on the planet. It’s as though I’ve been given a second chance at life. Through this reincarnation – the one from administrator to author – I’ve met the most wonderful people and made friendships I know I’ll have forever. I have writing buddies scattered all around Australia. I belong to the powerhouse that is Romance Writers of Australia, I’m a member of a small, talented group called My Writers and I’m very protective of my time with them.

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