Welcome Aboard!


I would like to wish you a warm welcome and thank you for expending a part of your leisure time with me, D.R. Nunn, as your navigator. This email finds me sitting inside on an overcast day in Sydney, Australia. I will not keep you long, reader, but I would like to start by thanking the team at Bright Wing Books for their incredible work on this site. It is greatly appreciated and I cannot recommend Kaleeg and his team highly enough. I wanted to let you know, reader, about my current 'method...

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Don Bradman: masterful or masterly? Enter Mr Partridge.


Welcome back, reader. It seems I am fated to write blog entries on overcast Sydney days, which is unfortunate as this in no way reflects the typical climate of my hometown. Anyway, to the immediate business of today's blog entry. In a recent cricket discussion, your erstwhile blogger found himself confronted with an alarming suggestion. On describing The Don as a 'masterful batsman' I was corrected by a reputable source that the actual adjective I sought was 'masterly'. This was disturbing for...

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The Energizing Force of Friendship


It's a bright blue morning in the lovely city of Sydney. This resuscitation was brought on by a call to arms by my dear friend and brilliant writer of science fiction, dark fantasy and horror—Terry Dowling. Always energized after one of our catchups I went home and, with renewed vigour, did battle at the keyboard. It was an enjoyable writing session inspired by fine Italian food and wonderful company. Thanks, Terry! Be well.

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Prolificacy and Romances in Reverse


I recently read a wonderful post by the writer Warren Adler. This post is several years old now and I found it after combing online sources for materials relating to his writing. It relates to the nature of being a prolific writer and is quite fascinating. It is hard as a younger writer not to covet such a demanding but rewarding gift: the ability to produce a lot of content in a relatively short time. If the act of writing is the key to better writing it seems, to me at least, that being...

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Process vs Progress


I have recently decided that pursuing new writing "tools" in one's quest to become a better writer can lead to something like a productive cul-de-sac. Two concrete examples of the creative tool dead end street for me were my attempts to obtain the ultimate whiteboard solution and to convert the Caps Lock key on my keyboard to a delete key. The white board has been something of an obsession in the last two years. I finally moved into a property of my own and was shocked when I discovered three...

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Logline? Love It!


I recently read Lane Shefter Bishop’s remarkable book, Sell your Story in a Single Sentence. She shows that a good summation of a story idea in a single sentence (‘logline’) can offer a range of benefits. The obvious opportunity is that of providing a bite-sized explanation of what makes the writer’s idea unique. She explains the way in which this facilitates discussions surrounding a large range of potential projects very quickly. She further explains that this is helpful for film...

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Letting It Ride with Jay Cronley


I have always loved the movie Let It Ride, which stars Richard Dreyfuss and an ensemble cast. It tells the story of a gambler who invariably loses, until his lucky day when everything changes in a big way. Gambling in storytelling has always interested me, as it is an activity that is difficult to make interesting. P.G. Wodehouse had a way of turning it all into a caper that avoided the nastier realities of the activity. Let It Ride is amazing in my opinion because every element of story that is...

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Pomodoros and Living Room Stopwatches


Time Management There is no doubt in my mind that any endeavour can only benefit from good time management, including the writing of fiction. Given the strange personal schedules and habits of so many of the really great artists, this may seem something of a stretch. Charlie Parker A case in point is the great jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, who would play under the influence of any available substance, sleep for days, eat excessively, and live with a degree of personal stress that must have...

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Creativity Galore (Part I)


I have broken this exploration of a conceptual system for creativity and the inventive process  into two parts. This is because I absolutely feel that the topic warrants such attention, so let’s hope I do it justice. TRIZ Finding new and different ways to utilize my floor-to-ceiling mirror whiteboards is always a fun distraction from the task of working on my current manuscript. Early in my writing, I was drawn to adapting conceptual frameworks designed for other purposes to the task of...

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