I went to the Australian Society of Authors ‘Literary Speed Dating’ day last week. I know it sounds like something I found on Tinder, but really it’s where you line up at the publisher you think would be most likely to be interested in your much-slaved-over-masterpiece and spend 90 seconds telling them about it, and… Continue reading I pitched my novel!
I’m ready to move to my 6th draft. Hooray! This is so exciting, one step closer to being finished! So why am I putting it off? Why does looking at my laptop give me chills? Why am I finding all sorts of things to clean and re-arrange instead? Because I don’t know how to tackle… Continue reading How to Tackle Story Polishing
Let’s face it – we writers want our book to be loved by everyone, the same way we love it. And somewhere deep down inside ourselves, if we’re going to be entirely honest, we can see it as a movie unrolling on the big screen. We know who would be perfect to play the part… Continue reading Is it wrong to think about my WIP as a movie?
For the last three weeks I haven’t cast eyes on my WIP. I know! Yet I call myself a writer! (It’s my bill-paying self’s fault. My job is technical and every year or so my skills need to be upgraded and re-assessed, so I’ve just spent three weeks away from home, studying and stressing.) But… Continue reading Separation Focus
Last week, I stayed in a friend’s unfurnished cabin. I had a fridge, cooking utensils, and simple food to last a few days, but no TV, no internet, and no snacks. Worst of all, no chocolate. Just me, my laptop, and a hardcopy of my second draft. And wow did I uncover some hard truths… Continue reading The Hard Yards of Re-Drafting
We writers hear it all the time “Five Books Every Writer Must Read” or “Young writers should read past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.” And there’s also a lot out there about why we should read (we’ll learn to start in the action, that… Continue reading Why I Still Learn From Reading
These are my favourite writing references presented in no particular order (or maybe the order in which I discovered them). I hope you get as much out of them as I do – I am forever indebted to all of these wonderful people for their generosity. 1. Query shark I adore this website run… Continue reading 6½ Free References for Writers!