How to Write a Book #4: Learning the Craft

How to Write a Book #4: Learning the Craft

In a previous post for this series, I wrote about how hard it was to wear ‘L’ plates again after deciding to become a writer in my early forties. Today, I’m going to talk about how I actually learnt the craft of writing. At the time I started writing,...

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How To Write a Book #2: Take Your Writing Seriously

How To Write a Book #2: Take Your Writing Seriously

Continuing with my series on 'How to Write a Book', this week I thought I’d write on another aspect I found particularly difficult to put into practice: Taking my writing seriously.  I'm never comfortable giving advice—I prefer to write about my experiences in...

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Replenishing the Empty Well

Replenishing the Empty Well

Today I felt like journaling. It had been a few months since my last journal entry because I hadn't had much to say. But today I felt like writing again so, for a change, I decided to type my thoughts straight into a Word document. This is different to how I last...

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Writing is Rewriting

Writing is Rewriting

  Back in 2013, when I finished a first draft of 'The Sisters' Song' (which was called 'Ida's Children' then—I'm still getting used to calling my child by a different name), I had no idea how much editing and rewriting lay ahead. I thought four, maybe five,...

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Is Blogging Worth It?

Is Blogging Worth It?

Blogging is a big commitment. I've done it for three-and-a-half years now, and there have been times I’ve been tempted to let it lapse. When it's felt like too much of a burden, another deadline, a time-sucker. I’m not a quick writer, and I can’t...

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An Early Xmas Gift to Myself: Time to Write

An Early Xmas Gift to Myself: Time to Write

For the past few months, I've only been able to snatch brief spells of writing time due to Year Twelve exams, school camps, graduations, speech days, and general running about for the end of the school year. There was...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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