Fascinating word counts from your fav books

Harry Potter Philosopher’s Stone – 77,325 Chamber of Secrets – 84,799 Prisoner of Azkaban – 106,821 Goblet of Fire – 190,858 Order of the Phoenix – 257,154 Half Blood Prince – 169,441 Deathly Hallows – 198,227 Lord of the Rings …


Screw you, Facebook – I got sh*t to do

I don’t have shares in Stayfocusd but I wish I did. It’s a Chrome app. Here’s how they sell it. ‘StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.’ I downloaded it …



Conversations from the Brown Household

As a writer, I keep all sorts of notes in all sorts of little black books. Thinking being, these notes might come in handy for a book one day. Months later when I find these notes I have to wonder …


Where is the Shane Warne of Women’s Cricket?

Women’s cricket needs a need a villain, a cheat, someone to hate (preferably not from these shores). In my latest article for Newsroom I interview Anna Peterson from the White Ferns. While we’re on the topic of cricket, here’s an article …



Auckland Writers Festival = Brilliant

For a word lover the Auckland Writers Festival is about as close to christmas as you can get. One brilliant mind after another, speaking to hoards of wide-eyed readers, flat-white in one hand, moleskin notebook in the other. For me …


22 Brilliant storytelling tips from Pixar

  The team at Pixar often spend years on a single script. This is heartening for any writer who has wondered whether their story carries any weight. Here are my top 5 picks from their 22 storytelling tips which I refer to …


The Worst Gig of my Life

Back in the day I used to be a stand-up comic. The love affair lasted seven years. I performed around my home country of New Zealand, in London, and Johannesburg when I was backing packing and ran out of money. Talk …



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