10 Books Every Francophile Should Read

Stacey Trick - January 5, 2017
Books based in Paris

My love of reading books based in Paris and its surrounds encompass what I like to call a nostalgic obsession that extends past just reading. Not only will I read the book, I’ll most probably research the topic and history of the subject and have often searched Google Earth for street views. Yep, being an avid researcher, writer and Francophile (a lover of all things …

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On Finding Time To Read

Stacey Trick - January 4, 2017
Archives Fine Books

Over the years, my relationship with reading has been somewhat tenuous, in that much of my time is usually spent either running around after my kids, freelance writing full-time, developing proposals for editors, doing house work, or simply contemplating the world’s problems over a cup of tea. As a writer, it’s incredibly important to read, not just for the sheer pleasure of it, but to …

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Hemingway – My GoodReads Review

Stacey Trick - September 30, 2016

The Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars The short story form has long been considered a literary art form that creatively expresses and explains the human condition. Some noteworthy past and present authors of the short story form include James Joyce, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, Alice Munro, and Ernest Hemingway. All of whom …

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Hemingway: A Master of the Short Story Form

Stacey Trick - August 3, 2016

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: Finca Vigía by Ernest Hemingway Scribner 672pp $10.99AUD Published, 1998 ISBN: 9781416587293 “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.” ~ Ernest Hemingway (The Paris Review Interview 1958). The short story form has long been considered a literary art form …

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J.k. Rowling’s Canon for Potter-Fanatics: The Tales of Beedle The Bard

Stacey Trick - August 3, 2016

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling Children’s High Level Group in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 108pp $10.30AUD Published, 2008 ISBN: 9780747599876 “You’ve never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?’ said Ron incredulously. “You’re kidding, right?” ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling’s talent for creating a hidden new world is phenomenal. Not only did she create a …

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Week 3: The fine line between fact and fiction

Stacey Trick - February 24, 2016
The Fine Line Between Fact and Fiction

Writing a novel can be a really fascinating, creative journey that has the ability to set you free from the constraints of reality. However, sometimes, writing a novel can lead you into the dark corners of researching horrid historical events and places that make you re-consider what to leave in and what to leave out of the story. As writers, we know it’s important to …

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Week 2: Developing a Crystal Clear Novel Plot

Stacey Trick - February 17, 2016
Developing a clear novel plot

Two weeks into writing my novel, I had a realisation. I realised that if I’m going to really commit to writing a novel, I have to stop pressing the snooze button on my 5am alarm. Not only does it waste my writing time when the house is quiet and the kids are sleeping for at least another hour, it’s also the best time of the …

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Week 1: Writing a Synopsis – ‘My Year of Living Creatively’ blog series

Stacey Trick - February 10, 2016
Writing a Synopsis | Stacey Trick

Ok, so let’s get really real for a moment. I have never been one to wake up at the crack of dawn to write a novel. I love my sleep and it’s hard to get motivated so early in the morning. However, I did this morning. Yes, I woke up at 5am, pushed the snooze twice, so basically got out of bed at ten past …

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VIDEO: 3 Quick Steps for Building a Fictional World

Stacey Trick - January 12, 2016

VIDEO: 3 Quick Steps for Building a Fictional World When thinking of great fictional worlds, I think about the amazing worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire as readers would know it), The Matrix, Twilight, and Sherlock Holmes. Writers can spend years developing a believable fictional world before it is able to be enjoyed by readers. Building …

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Writing, Publishing and Book Events Guide for 2016

Stacey Trick - January 11, 2016
Writing events 2016

Writing, Publishing and Book Events Guide for 2016 Check out what’s happening this year! From the Brisbane Writer’s Festival to Frankfurt Book Fair! Never miss another writing & publishing event again with ‘Writing, Publishing and Book Events Guide for 2016’. Meet and greet authors, editors, publishers, book cover designers, and like-minded creative people at these events, awards, and conferences all around Australia, New Zealand and …

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