This is part four of the Writers Block Workshop held on 9th May, 2015 at Robina Library.
After morning tea, Librarian Louise got up to explain about the Library facilities.
Online Library – What do you need?
Gold Coast Library offers research aids, newspapers and magazines are available from now and a previous era. Digitised history, writers can view headlines to get a feel for speech/style.
Gold Coast History images can help with research
TROVE is a great resource for writers – http://trove.nla.gov.au
Scan old images, old newspapers, family history and describing clothing.
Books not in the Library Collection can be sourced by 1 a request to purchase or 2 can access through inter library loan through universities. The Library does not pass that cost on. Rates pay for the Libraries.
As Isobelle Carmody still had not appeared, and David Burton was at the back of the room, he offered to continue his presentation. With a rousing applause the audience of writers eagerly awaiting knowledge gladly accepted his generosity.
The Element of Style by William Strunk – very concise style
Steven King On Writing
Synopsis writing is an entire skill
Critiques – if you can’t hear the criticism the story could be boring and needs more work.
Pick audience really carefully. Be specific with questions you are asking the reader to critique.
Take the jump!
Get critiqued, Manuscript appraisal and ask questions about the problems posed, is the story clear about what way it’s going. If it’s not OK, let’s get help or put it aside and re-edit with a problem solving voice.
Sit down, start writing, no excuses. Brian O’Hanlon
You fail only if you stop writing!
I will stop here and continue with Dave Burton answering questions and discussing Writing a Synopsis, in my next post…