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A mother is often the first positive influencer in one’s life Mum’s favourite poem, when she was alive, was “If” by Rudyard Kipling. She was not an educated woman in…

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Mothers are often the first positive influencer in a person’s life Mum’s favourite poem, when she was alive, was “If” by Rudyard Kipling. She was not an educated woman in…

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The Craft of Writing by Anne Skyvington - 2w ago

First a note about the painting, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, that serves as a symbol for Joni Mitchell and her songs, and for the short story below. The focus of…

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The Craft of Writing by Anne Skyvington - 3w ago

Genesis of the Story: I wrote this story with the intention of practising the narrative arc, and of applying the “seven points” rule to structuring a short story. (See The…

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I really enjoyed this novel, published by Ginnindera Press, about an unrequited love relationship set in South Africa during apartheid. The voice is unique: poetic and full of beauty from…

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I really enjoyed this novel, published by Ginnindera Press, about an unrequited love relationship set in South Africa during apartheid. The voice is unique: poetic and full of beauty from…

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The Craft of Writing by Anne Skyvington - 2M ago

The Narrative Arc I have recently been researching diagrams to represent the Narrative Arc.  My memoir, based partly on childhood memories, needed to be restructured. I’m not one of these…

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The Craft of Writing by Anne Skyvington - 2M ago

En Route to Croatia We just flew over the mountains of Eastern Europe en route to Frankfurt from Dubai. Qantas have teamed up with the United Arab Emirates airline, so…

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Definitions of Narrative Personas According to Ernest Hemingway, the writer’s job is “to sit in front of the page and bleed”. But  it’s not the person in flesh-and-blood who is…

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The Craft of Writing by Anne Skyvington - 2M ago

So much has been said and written about this topic, that it is almost fruitless to comment. All you need do is google the topic and you will find countless…

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