Shauna Bickley


100 word exercise

Posted on Saturday 30th May 2020 by Shauna Bickley

I mentioned in my previous post that during lockdown our writing group held weekly Zoom meetings and worked on writing exercises that we shared. For our 100 words exercise I...

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Writing Exercises: 100 words

Posted on Monday 25th May 2020 by Shauna Bickley

During the lockdown in New Zealand our writers group decided that we’d have a weekly Zoom meeting. It was certainly a great way of putting some structure around the week,...

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Posted on Wednesday 20th May 2020 by Shauna Bickley

Through the past few months never has home been so important to so many people. During my childhood home was a simple concept. My parents moved into the house I...

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Location, Location, Location pt 2

Posted on Sunday 19th April 2020 by Shauna Bickley

One of the things I find fascinating about setting is how the location can add to the mood of a book. A gothic manor house gives a very different feel...

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Location, Location, Location

Posted on Saturday 18th April 2020 by Shauna Bickley

One of the things I enjoy while reading is finding out about places I haven’t visited, and in many cases may never be able to visit. Yes, I can watch...

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Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020 by Shauna Bickley

We nine are now eight, although in spirit I know we will always remain nine. We met almost ten years ago when we were accepted on the first CreativeHub Advanced...

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Here comes 2020

Posted on Tuesday 31st December 2019 by Shauna Bickley

Most of the media that I’ve read over the past few days (weeks even) has been swamped with ‘best-of’ lists of items or events from the past year/decade — books,...

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Creating Authentic Characters

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019 by Shauna Bickley

Last weekend seventeen writers met at my home to discuss and workshop ways to develop authentic characters and to ensure those character’s responses in dialogue, decision making and action remained...

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Rotorua Noir – New Zealand’s Inaugural Crime Writing Festival

Posted on Saturday 9th February 2019 by Shauna Bickley

Recently I attended the first New Zealand crime writing festival along with other crime writers, both the home-grown variety and many from overseas. In true Kiwi fashion it was run...

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A New Year

Posted on Tuesday 1st January 2019 by Shauna Bickley

While I find it ironic that we take an arbitrary date and suddenly we’re celebrating a new year and new beginnings, there is something about the end of one period...

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