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Active Voice Versus Passive Voice


 As a writer you’ve probably been told at one point or another to use active voice and avoid passive voice—perhaps it was even a teacher’s comment added at the end of a high school essay. If you’re anything like I was before I studied grammar, you probably scratched your head and thought what the heck is passive voice? It’s pretty hard to avoid doing something when you have no idea what you’re supposed to be avoiding. My aim in this blog is to help you understand what active and passive voice are so you can avoid the common mistake many…
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How to Bring Your Characters to Life

Realistic Characters

 Some people may try and tell you that creating characters for your novel is as easy as selecting an age, gender, hair colour, and goal. But it’s not that simple. If you want your characters to compel readers to care about them enough to read your entire novel, then you have to do a lot better than create a few generic character features. You have to imbue your characters with enough life that they reach out of your novel and yank readers into their world, taking them on an adventure they’ll never forget. Here are four tips to help you…
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Readers Favourite 5 Star award winners


 Some of Aurora House authors decided to try their luck with the Readers Favourite Book Awards. We have received most of the reviews back and here are the ones who received an award for their book. Well Done! The books were varied in their genre, from autobiography, to historical fiction, to children’s books, and parenting. Below we have listed the books to congratulate the authors. Marion won 5 Star Readers Favourite Awards for her autobiography and her children’s books     Warwick O’Neill won a 5 Star Reader Favourite Award his book Flames of Rebellion          …
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How to Battle through Writer’s Block

Writer's Block

 You’ve woken up, eaten breakfast, and have sat down in front of your laptop. You open the file titled Best Selling Novel and push open the door in your mind that grants you access to the fictional world you’ve spent the past few months creating. You poise your fingers above your laptop’s keyboard, ready to glimpse what happens next in your story. But fog swirls around you when you step through the door, concealing your view. You stumble forward, calling your characters’ names. But only silence greets you. This horrifying scenario is known as Writer’s Block, and symptoms include: Staring at a blank Word…
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The Importance of a Manuscript Assessment


 Let me guess, you’ve just finished writing your novel after spending the past year pouring your soul into it—writing it, then editing it again, and again, and again. You think it’s perfect, an absolute masterpiece that will be hailed alongside the works of Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling. There’s nothing left to do now but publish it, right? Wrong. A writer can’t objectively edit their own work because they’re too close to it, and are blind to their own flaws. This is where a manuscript assessment comes in. What is a manuscript assessment? A manuscript assessment (also known as a…
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How to Write a Novel in Five Steps

Once upon a time

 So, you’ve woken up after dreaming about a dragon who convinces a witch to transform them into a human, and you think wow, what a great idea for a novel. You leap out of bed and dart towards your laptop, eager to put the story forming in your head onto paper. But you need to STOP and take a deep breath because writing without any pre-planning rarely ends well. Writing a novel is like running a marathon. If you don’t bother training for the marathon and simply show up on the day expecting your enthusiasm to push you through to the…
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Marion Brownlie interviewed on River Radio


 Facing Demons author Marion Brownlie is interviewed on River Radio. She talks about her book and what inspired her to write this amazing autobiography. Beating the odds, she was near suicide then turned her life around – she had work to do! It still was not easy, and there were many things she had to sort out, and heal. Her story is one of determination, strength, and courage. She found the will to carry on, but there were still lessons to be learnt. Over the course of her life, you will hear how she found a way to work with…
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Benefits of Using a Professional Book Publisher


 Have you thought about publishing a book? Do you know how to go about it? Are you thinking ‘Do I use a publisher or publish it myself’? There are many questions to consider when undertaking the journey of becoming an author. … What do I want to achieve with my book? … How do I get my book seen by as many readers as possible? … Do I publish it myself or engage a professional publisher? Many authors do publish their books themselves, and a few might have some success with that. Many do not, which is a shame after all…
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Flames of Rebellion BOOK LAUNCH!


  Flames of Rebellion by new Australian author Warwick O’Neill will be officially launched at REaD Cafe, Paradise Resort, Gold Coast, Qld on Saturday 9th April at 6.30pm ALL ARE WELCOME Meet and talk with the author. Find out how he researched his book.    On his release from gaol, all Patrick Flanagan wanted was a good woman, a family and a peaceful life. Then he heard the call that reverberated around the world. Gold! Leaving Moreton Bay behind, he jumps aboard The Cumberland to work for his passage to the goldfields. On the voyage he befriends Fergus, an old…
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Linda Lattin’s Wheels of Mizfortunate


 I was able to write my book with sheer determination, which is common for many writers. Success requires determination. I was in a serious car accident that left me critically injured and comatose for over four months. When I awoke I had NO memory of my life. I was dazed as anyone would be and my mind was blank. I had to learn how to be a woman again: a living, breathing, 35 year old woman who had three sons, whom I did not remember either! I did not know how to be a Mom. I had to re-learn how…
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