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March 2 2008 Fiction Writing Newsletter

Kia Ora! ("Hello and good health" in Maori)

I'm back from a lovely holiday in New Zealand - Lord of the Rings country - so this edition of the Fiction Vision newsletter is an extra packed bumper edition of the four articles that went live while I was away (just in case you missed them).

It was fascinating to see the places where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Also interesting from a fiction writing perspective was knowing that a 19-year-old Peter Jackson saw some of these places while he was reading LOTR and found them such a close match to the descriptions in the book that he felt he was travelling through Middle Earth in his own country. It is amazing the impact a piece of writing can have.


*** Coming up on the Fiction Writing site: ***


The First Five Pages Workshop

Starting on the 10th March, I will be running a free 10-week workshop in self-editing of fiction, based on Noah Lukeman's bestseller, The First Five Pages. This workshop will run in the Fiction Writing forum, so don't forget to set up your username if you would like to participate.

The workshop is open to everyone, and you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you are comfortable with. It will help me to co-ordinate the workshop more easily if you let me know that you will be participating, but this is not compulsory if you'd prefer to "wait and see" first.

More information is here:

Sign up for a forum user name here:


*** Other fiction writing articles: ***


Plotting - constructing the perception matrix

If the raw plot is the backbone of your story, the perception matrix, or perception framework, is the muscle that manipulates other elements of the story.


Is your story Science Fiction or Fantasy?

The Science Fiction and Fantasy genres are very often blurred, and, if you donĀ“t set out with the intention of deliberately writing one or the other genre, it can be difficult to categorise a story that has elements of both genres.


Characterising in terms of relationships

The best point of reference you can give your reader regarding your characters is how the characters feel about each other.


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Elsa Neal, Fiction Writing Editor

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