Querying Agents and Publishers

Querying Agents and Publishers

I've made another video and in this one I talk about querying agents and/or publishers. I include a few pointers on what you need before pitching, whether to try for an agent or publisher first, how to research which agent or publisher might be a good fit for you, and...

David Allan-Petale: From Fact to Fiction

David Allan-Petale: From Fact to Fiction

Well, I could say the locusts have taken over the attic this week: David Allan-Petale has come in to talk about his book, Locust Summer, and his metamorphosis from journalist to author. On the face of it, the two seem similar – both are writing, both tell stories –...

Zoë Deleuil: The Accidental Novel

Zoë Deleuil: The Accidental Novel

I'm excited to welcome Zoe Deleuil, to the attic this week. Zoë is from Perth, Western Australia, but now lives in Berlin with her family. I remember running into Zoe at the Perth Writers Festival a few years ago (in the women’s loos, of course!), and chatting at...

Writing About Hard Stuff

Writing About Hard Stuff

One of the most common questions I get asked by other writers is how to write about things that are hard to write about. Topics like past trauma or difficult family relationships or things about which we're embarrassed. In this video, I talk about how I trick myself...

The Big Thing I Learnt From Writing My Second Novel

The Big Thing I Learnt From Writing My Second Novel

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post for Allison Tait about 10 Things I Learnt From Writing My Début Novel. All of those lessons were incredibly important, but there was one thing I didn't learn in the writing of that first novel, which I talk about in this video....

Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

Polly Phillips: Writing As Therapy

I'm so excited to introduce this week's writer in the attic, début author, Polly Phillips, as we recently spent a balmy Perth evening together, along with another couple of Perth authors, talking writing and books and life. Polly’s post today continues those themes...

Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

Irma Gold: The Ideas Tree

I have a little story about this post: About three years ago, I asked Irma if she'd like to write a post for the attic. She said words to the effect of: 'I'd love to, but would you mind waiting until my novel is published?' It's been a long time but I'm thrilled to...

Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

Josephine Taylor: On Being Disappointed

The stories in this series often inspire—stories of disappointment and rejection that ultimately led to success. Today’s post embodies all of that and more. Josephine Taylor didn't set out to be a writer, but after vulvodynia completely upended her life plans, forcing...

How to Start Writing

How to Start Writing

Back in the day, I used to blog quite regularly (I wrote about that here), mainly because it enabled me to put my thoughts and experiences into words, and publish them without asking anyone's permission. I liked, too, that I could edit a post after pressing Publish,...

2020 Stocktake

2020 Stocktake

At the risk of repeating what everyone else is saying, I’m pretty sure most of us will be waving a hearty good riddance to 2020 at midnight tonight, booting it over the nearest horizon and hoping for a kinder 2021. A year without a new pandemic is high on my priority...

Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

Rose Van Son: Unravelling the Self

In the attic this week is my dear friend, Western Australian poet, Rose Van Son. Rose is a huge supporter of the WA writing community, so I'm thrilled to be able to share her words here in the attic. In this post, Rose write about her childhood memories, her love of...