On the whole, the articles listed on this page relate to writing and storytelling.

In the first part, I created a list of articles I wrote that focus on writing a novel. Thereafter, I’ve created an alphabetical list of articles written by others. They have been collected over many years.

You are welcome to consider any of the articles listed below for publication in your website/blog/newsletter. Permission is granted to reprint for free with the resource box and byline intact (this information is placed at the bottom of each article).

To view the articles, just click on the article you would like to view and you will be taken to the appropriate page.

I am aware the list is long. So, please don’t get overwhelmed and close this page. Do take some time to view it. Scroll down the list (all entries have been placed in alphabetical order) and I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:58

Why Review Poetry

Written by
Why Review Poetry A month or so ago, I received an email from Glyn Pope. He attached a review copy of a new chapbook, Shh! and asked if we would review it. This book was a collection of poems by John Eliot. Since I was a child, I’ve had difficulty with poetry. Even in school, when we had to do the Bahasa Malaysia paper and had a choice between deciphering Pantun (which is Malay poetry) and Sastera Melayu (Malay Literature), I always chose the latter because it was much easier to understand and many of the stories were derived from…
Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:54

ISBN in Malaysia

Written by
ISBN in Malaysia One of the most important details of any book is actually the ISBN. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is the means by which a books is identified. I was, therefore, pleased that in today's StarMag, Daphne Lee wrote a very informative piece on this subject: ISBNs comprise 13 digits as of January 2007. The change has come about as a result of numbering shortages, which should be good news to book lovers because it means that there are so many books published that we were running out of 10-number combinations. This is what the…
Friday, 04 July 2014 19:52

Should Storytellers Work for Free?

Written by
Should Storytellers Work for Free? In several past articles, I have sung the virtues of volunteering and giving. But, as many storytellers have learned – some the hard way – working and performing for free has many drawbacks. We are often excited to have the opportunity to share our passion for storytelling. So, where do we draw the line? This article shares some of the ideas that were sent to the StoryTell List when this discussion thread was started. Note: to become a member of this helpful, interactive list, click HERE and follow the directions for subscribing. From Mary Hamilton…
"Sevens" and Ways to Use the Magic of Numbers for Storytelling Previously, I wrote about the prevalence of the number "three" in stories and story structure. Because this article received a great deal of attention, I decided it was time to investigate another number that crops up in titles, how-tos and stories - the number seven. After several hours of research about the number seven, I not only learned more than you and I would ever need or want to know about the number seven, but also found that this investigation sparked many other ideas about using numbers to enhance…
Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:29

Making Linear Storytelling Interactive

Written by
Making Linear Storytelling Interactive Movies and video games coexisted symbiotically for years. A video game would come out well after the film it was based on. The game was often an afterthought, sometimes developed using a movie character, but little else. Now, games are released simultaneously with or even in advance of major motion pictures. George Lucas took this approach with the final "Star Wars" film. The video game was released weeks ahead of the movie. A colleague recently saw "War of the Worlds." He didn't like it. It felt like a video game, he said. It didn't feature the…
Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:25

Magazines for Women

Written by
Magazines for Women Every year we are seeing new women's magazines appear on the market, to join the masses already published. How can we determine which are the best value? It's easy to spend at least $20 per month, which totals upwards of $240 each year. Most magazines target a particular demographic, so it's wise to check out any ones you think might find interesting, before buying or subscribing. The teen magazine market has grown tremendously from as recently as seven years ago. Before then, Seventeen and YM were pretty much the only choices. Now you can find Teen People…
Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:17

The Story of Becoming a Storyteller

Written by
The Story of Becoming a Storyteller When I first discovered that there was such a job as storyteller, I was 30-something and enrolled in teacher school in St. Louis (home to a warm and wonderful group of tellers). As I finished my teaching degree, I focused more and more on classroom applications of storytelling and saw first-hand the results on student motivation and achievement. Before I even graduated I knew that storytelling was my calling. SO I MADE A PLAN. Unlike many artists, I have a strong background in business planning. I knew that my bread and butter as a…
Storytellers: turning our experiences into art Though animal sculptures have been produced for centuries by the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, storyteller figurines are a relatively modern art form. Helen Cordero, an artist of the Cochiti Pueblo, is attributed with its invention. Now these highly expressive sculptures are produced by many artists from several different pueblos. For an art teacher, storyteller figures offer an exciting change of pace from standard coil pots. For an art student, producing a storyteller figure is an opportunity to explore symbolism, sculpture, coil-construction and the relationship between our experiences and art. START WITH A STORY…
Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:09

How to select the printer

Written by
How to select the printer Before you decide what kind of digital printing you want to buy you should be very clear about your needs. You have to take this decision on various levels depending on what your requirements are. For example you have to decide whether you want an inkjet printer or a laser printer, and what size of the printer would suffice your requirements. As a matter of fact, selecting the right kind of printer can be quite a challenging job. The two main types of printers are inkjet printers and laser printers. Laser printers use a laser…
Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:08

Storytelling tips for Teachers

Written by
Storytelling tips for Teachers Helping Children Choose Stories *Preselect a pool of stories for younger children and students who have never told a story. *Tell or read examples of different kinds of stories. *Each student should consider their audience before choosing a story. *Each student should also read at least five stories before choosing his/her story to tell. *Every students should tell a different story. Helping Children Learn Their Stories There are many ways to learn a story. Listed below are some suggested ways. *Read it over and over again... tape it and listen to it repeatedly. *Make a pictorial…

Latest Posts

  • The Creative Industry Needs to Look at Things Differently Post Budget 2022
    On 29 October 2021, the Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz tabled Budget 2022 in the Malaysian parliament. RM50 million has been allocated for the arts and culture industry. This comes after a year and a half after the entire industry came to an absolute standstill. With…
  • ‘The Covid Positives’ – life lessons learnt from the pandemic by Phanindra Ivatury
    After a long drawn battle with the biggest catastrophe in our living memory, global humanity is finally getting to see some quintessential ray of light at the end of the treacherous tunnel in the form of COVID-19 vaccines, currently being rolled out to all parts of the globe. A ‘COVID-19…
  • Chaos of Whole Books
    Is it possible to read several books at once? Aneeta Sundararaj finds out. When I was a child, my cousin used to boast that he could read four storybooks at a time. As an adult, when he invested in an e-Reader, he continued to boast that he could…
  • Writing for You? Or for Me?
    Writing for You? Or for Me? ‘You must always write with your reader in mind.’ This was one of the first pieces of advice that I received when I began my writing career. Honestly, I found this extremely hard to do because more often than not, I couldn’t picture my…
  • One Book That Changed My Writing Life
    My latest novel, The Age of Smiling Secrets was shortlisted for two categories in the Book Award 2020 organised by the National Library of Malaysia. When I reflected on the journey that this book has taken, I acknowledged the enormous influence of one of my all-time favourite books, Joseph Anton:…