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

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 →

The Never-Far-Away Telling of Story

This weekend I was far away from writing stories on my computer (something that doesn’t happen very often!), staying in the beautiful southern highlands. There were trees as far as the eye could see, and not one building interrupted the view. Parrots squawked. Mist hazed. There was little traffic. We saw only a handful of… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 1 September 2014

My Story on Galactic Chat!

Galactic Chat’s Mark Webb interviews Aussie speculative fiction guru Ion “Nuke” Newcombe about AntipodeanSF, ebooks, what makes good flash fiction, and all things speculative. Listen through to the end of the podcast, when I narrate my flash fiction piece Shy at around the 49-minute mark. Thanks Mark, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Sean Wright for yet… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 25 August 2014
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How A Dolphin Can Help Write A Novel #WABIAD

Last Saturday night, I couldn’t sleep – I was too excited about what was going to happen the next day… taking the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day challenge! Last year, my team (of ten Northern Beaches Writers’ Group members) took the ‘WABIAD’ challenge to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project at Westmead Children’s Hospital, and we did rather… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 22 August 2014
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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 →