Category Archives: Novel writing

Why is John le Carre such a good spy / thriller writer?

I first came across John Le Carre’s novels 30 years ago. The first book of his I read was “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.” It dealt with a theme that recurs constantly through the remainder of le … Continue reading

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Describing setting in novels.

I’ve been thinking lately about setting: that is, how we describe the place where the action in our novel is happening. Think of the things your character can observe about a place.  Interiors What color are the walls? What color … Continue reading

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Passing as another race – what I’m reading this week

Passing as another race: what I’m reading this week. The book-reading group I belong to is going to be talking about Philip Roth’s “The Human Stain” next month. This deals with a topic I’ve only seen mentioned in one other … Continue reading

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Photos at La Trobe Uni (for the article on the Afghan member of parliament Malalai Joya, scroll down)

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Should novels have a “Moral”?

I recently posted this a facebook page to do with fiction writing, in response to a thread, “Do you think a fictional story should teach (or attempt to teach) a moral lesson?” Should novels ” teach a moral lesson?” Well it depends on what … Continue reading

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The Novel I’m Having Trouble With

Later this month I’m off to the Southern California Writers Conference at San Diego to try to sell my first novel ( a spy thriller.) (Their website is http://www.writersconference.com). In the meantime I’m trying to write a second one about … Continue reading

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