When To Send Your Novel Writing Into The World

Today I’m over at the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild talking about when to send your novel writing out into the world: Why is it that we only realise how bad we were at writing novels… once we’re finally good at writing them? When I finished writing my first novel, I honestly thought it would be… Continue reading →

Why Everyone Should Write

Ping everyone! Writers Readers Friends Family Whether you think you’re good at writing or not – writing is good for you. Why? Because …even if you just write a diary, even if you just jot down notes, even if you just amass written words that voice your views on a certain subject… 1. it gets… Continue reading →

I’ve been ‘snapshot’ again! #2014Snapshot

The 2014 Aussie Speculative Fiction Snapshot The Australian speculative fiction snapshot series celebrates the breadth and depth of Australia’s speculative fiction scene by interviewing prominent writers, editors and booksellers in the industry. I was first interviewed for the series in 2012 (by David McDonald), and it’s an honour to be included again. This time, the… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 3 August 2014
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How short story writing & flash fiction gets judged in competitions

As some of you may know, I recently judged the Australian Horror Writers’ Association’s short story and flash fiction competition. It involved reading 154 stories and over 385,000 words. At 12pt Times New Roman font, spaced at 1.5 lines, that was 1,066 pages of writing. Whoa! I’m so glad I read it all though – thank… Continue reading →

Do You Want to Write… and Nothing Else? #CSFG

Wouldn’t it be nice to do nothing else in life but write? This week I’m over on the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild blog talking about exactly that… Bliss would be having writing as my only job… To get up in the morning and just go to work – aka write – then stay there all… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 16 July 2014
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Listen to My Story “Shy” on The @AntipodeanSF Radio Show

I’m on the radio! Thanks to The AntipodeanSF Radio Show, you can now listen to my flash fiction story “Shy” just by clicking on this link. It’s the first story on the show, so just listen from the beginning and you’ll soon hear Ion Newcombe introducing me – it’s a pretty awesome introduction too, thanks… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 7 July 2014
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Look What Just Arrived!

Wow – look at this! My Ditmar Award just arrived and it’s so beautiful. I love it! So of course the first thing to do is snap a photo to share with you. I’m so lucky to have been awarded this, thanks to Australia’s amazing speculative fiction community. Thank you, guys – I really honestly… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 17 June 2014
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