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Steven O'Connor

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I'm originally from Luton, England, and I now live in Melbourne, Australia - the city of cafes, restaurants and the world's largest tram network.



Opening sentences to stories, I can just re-write, re-write and re-write the goddamn things until I go mad. And while I do, I can’t help imagining publishers flicking their eyes over my painfully wrought-out first sentence, it not immediately grabbing them for whatever reason, and then dropping the whole manuscript, written with blood, sweat and tears, onto the reject pile. And the thousands o...

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EleMental: A First-person S...

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EleMental

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MonuMental: The Hack's Back

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The first book I ever read. It was published in 1968. I read it in 1968. I will never forget it for that reason alone.
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"The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, or as it’s more affectionately known, the StokeyLitFest, is quite possibly the coolest lit fest on the planet. It’s in London, and a short bus ride for me from my mind-boggingly pokey accommodation near King’..." Read more of this blog post »
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Steven O'Connor Seven things about opening sentences - plus some great opening lines...
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/seven...


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Steven O'Connor Three free-verse compositions, using the cut-up method, based on songs you may know. I had a lot of fun creating them.
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/cut-u...


message 19: by Steven

Steven O'Connor Hi everyone. I have a new blog post. What Is Social Work Fiction?
(Hope you like it.)
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/socia...


message 18: by Steven

Steven O'Connor *Writing in hotel rooms in other cities*

My latest post: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/writi...


message 17: by Steven

Steven O'Connor Hi everyone
I've written a post about Bowie dying. The post is about writing, but I'm also pretty cut up about the whole thing, as we all are, I'm sure.
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2412


message 16: by Steven

Steven O'Connor Structuring my story – Novels as fireworks

This is my new blog post.

http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2387


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Steven O'Connor Holiday snaps for book covers?

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


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Steven O'Connor My last blog post while on my UK writing odyssey: *My writers’ retreat in the Scottish Highlands*
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2289


message 13: by Steven

Steven O'Connor Hi everyone. Here's my latest blog post - I'm getting near the end of my travels now.
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2265


message 12: by Steven

Steven O'Connor How we write.
This is my latest blog post, written as I sit in bed here in York, UK.
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2246


message 11: by Steven

Steven O'Connor Hi everyone
I have a new post about my writerly journey through the UK summer. Hope you like it! Manchester is a thriving place!
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2210


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Steven O'Connor My new blog post - about the writers' retreat I went to in Shropshire: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2166


Steven O'Connor Shelfies I've taken in London and Wales.

http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2128


Steven O'Connor I'm in London, and I'm at the Stoke Newington Lit Fest. Here's something about some of the events I went to, including Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn.

http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=2099


Steven O'Connor *I’ve signed up for a writers’ retreat in Shropshire, UK*
I have a new blogpost about it...
http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=1954


Steven O'Connor *The Melbourne Writers’ Social Group*

I have published a post on my blog about this writers' group in Melbourne.

There are quite a few groups in Melbourne, and this is one I have recently become involved with. My hope is to let you know about groups I join in the UK too (when I get there) -- if they'll let me!

You can check it out here: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/


Steven O'Connor *Meeting up … Down Under and Up Over*

I have a new post about a thing called Meetup. Do you know it? I'm using it to join writers' groups in London, for when I get there next month. If interested, you can find my post here: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/


Steven O'Connor Hi everyone

I'm currently working hard on my draft novel called 'Beneath the Surface'. It’s about a 14-year old unwell boy who enters a fantasy world under his garden. And I'm sharing it chapter by chapter on the internet as I redraft it, hoping for your thoughts. I want to get this story right!

If you're interested, I'd love your feedback. Chapter 1 is now posted. My blogpost about it is here: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/

Thanks!

Steven


Damian Cloud Hi Steven. Thanks and congratulations on being my first friend. I don't have a prize to give you, but I promise that Elemental will get a good and honest review from me.


Steven O'Connor I'd love you to check out this video of the artist Aaron Pocock creating the dragonbot from my book MonuMental. Aaron Pocock did this video off his own bat, and even performed the music.

It’s wonderful to see something from one’s imagination come alive on the page at the gifted hands of another. Here's the link: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/creat...


Steven O'Connor I did a school presentation a few days ago that I am very happy about. In fact, I think it rates as my best. So I wrote a post about it and I'd like to share that with anyone who might be interested. Here's the link: http://stevenoconnorwriting.com/?p=345


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