Sometimes, the Planets Do Align…

You know those weeks when you think to yourself: what on earth am I doing, wasting my life on this? It’s never going to get me where I want to go… Well so far this October, I haven’t felt that way once. Well okay, maybe once. But overall it’s been an excellent couple of weeks…. Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 15 October 2014
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Creating Memorable Characters Everyone Will Love

Last week, a reader asked me how I go about creating memorable characters everyone loves. The simple answer I gave them was: I don’t. When it comes to fiction’s greatest and most memorable characters, we all have our favourites. Among mine are Gatsby, Hamlet, Scarlet O’Hara, Rhett Butler, and Bella Swan. If you were to… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 13 October 2014
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This Week I’m @WritingNSW, @RWAus & @Google

This week I’m getting to imagine what it must be like to be author-royalty… NSW Writers’ Centre – Guest Speaker Shortly after having my article on the Evolution of Communication published in the special ‘literary festival’ edition of the Society of Women Writer’s magazine Women’s Ink last month, I was invited by the NSW Writers’… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 29 September 2014
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What Makes A Good Friend? #Writing

This week I was hanging out with teenage writers, helping them write their stories and get those words into print. When I was a young writer, writing was absolutely everything to me. It was more important in fact than anything else in life – friends, family, school, even my personal safety! (Some day I’ll have… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 26 September 2014
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My Top Social Media Tips for Writers #CSFG

Today I’m over at the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild offering up my top social media tips for writers (though a lot of other stakeholders could benefit from these tips too!!). Here’s the start of that post: I didn’t mean to become one, but over the last few years I’ve become a social media consultant. Writers… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 15 September 2014
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Have You Found Your Life-Mojo? #RUOKday

Sometimes trying to find your mojo in life can be a bit of a struggle. We’re not all raised by perfect parents with modern privileges and a contented soul, and it can be hard to reconcile that. Reconciliation is within reach, however, for all of us. It’s taken me until my thirties to find contentment,… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 11 September 2014
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How Technology Has Changed The Way We Share Our Lives #SWW #WomensInk

This week I’m in Women’s Ink, the magazine of the Society of Women Writers NSW, writing about the evolution of communication. This year, the Society of Women Writers NSW is celebrating both its 90th anniversary and its inaugural literary festival Dare to be an Author. So this special edition of their magazine celebrates the courage… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 4 September 2014
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