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When Good Enough Isn’t

When Good Enough Isn’t

I've just returned from a holiday to Tasmania, my birth state. I went back for my cousin's 21st birthday, and tacked a couple of days on at the beginning for writing. I stayed in a cottage at Branxholm, a rural town in the northeast of Tasmania. I've stayed...

More On Writing a Novel: Feedback

More On Writing a Novel: Feedback

In my last blog post, I talked about some of the lessons I've learned while writing a novel. Besides learning how to write, I've also learnt a fair bit about editing, having revised my novel countless times now. There's a lot more involved in editing a novel than I'd...

My Writing Process

My Writing Process

I've been tagged by two writers to join in a blog hop about writing and the writing process: Laurie Steed is a short story writer and Patricia Hackett Prize winning author from Perth, Western Australia. His work has appeared in Best Australian...

Writing With(out) Kids

Writing With(out) Kids

I haven't spent much time on my novel since I returned from Varuna. There are many reasons for this—every time I've sat down to write, the phone has rung, or there's been a knock at the door, or a child tapping on the attic door, or someone off sick...

My Journey to Writing

My Journey to Writing

If someone had asked me a decade ago what I would be doing in ten years' time, writing a novel would not have been on the list, nor on the horizon. It wasn't even on the planet. I'd always thought of myself as Maths/Science orientated as I found those...

Why I Walk

Why I Walk

Every day I walk—it's become something I have to do. It keeps me sane, as well as fit. The dog enjoys it, too. I need to exercise outdoors—I’ve never been a fan of gyms. One year, I bought a gym membership for $440 and used it eight times. At only $55 per visit, that...

2. Trusting My Voice

2. Trusting My Voice

I think I've learnt to do this. Finally. When I started writing, I was embarrassed to show my ignorance, so I tried to sound literary. I’ll show you: ‘The mountain rose out of the horizon and watched over and nourished the district, like a good mother. She sent the...

1. Toss the Plan

1. Toss the Plan

Yes, I have a first draft. It’s complete – well, as complete as a first draft can be. It’s printed and sitting on the desk next to me: a pile of A4 paper that looks nothing like a novel. I've learnt a lot from writing this draft. Practical things, like how to use...

Coming Out

Coming Out

  Okay, I've decided it's about time I came out and told everyone that I write. There, I've said it. I'll even say it again: I write. That must make me a writer, although I feel fraudulent saying that. It feels strange, embarrassing even. Like...