A flash of brilliance: why emerging writers should write flash fiction

My first published story was a work of flash fiction. I didn't realise it at the time; I don't think I had even heard of the term flash fiction when I wrote 'Perseveration'. An idea came to me—a moment that begged to be put into words—and for once the story flowed. It was fuelled by … Continue reading A flash of brilliance: why emerging writers should write flash fiction

Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Twitter is a divisive social media platform: people either love it or hate, and sometimes both on the same day. When I decided to build my social media presence a year ago, I set up a Facebook author page and began to engage with the writing community on Twitter. At first, Facebook seemed the more … Continue reading Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey

Social media feeds display a carefully curated view of other people’s lives. It’s easy to become bogged down in the extraordinary achievements of Twitter friends, and feel that you’re floundering. Left behind on the slush pile while others forge ahead with their brilliant literary careers. In view of that feeling, and a few recent rejections … Continue reading Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey

The pros and cons of literary speed dating

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first face-to-face pitching event: ASA literary speed dating, in Sydney. These events are generally held in Sydney and Melbourne every year, and are a rare opportunity for writers to pitch work directly to agents and publishers. This year the ASA also offered a similar opportunity for regional writers to … Continue reading The pros and cons of literary speed dating

The Richell Prize, then and now: how blogging has honed my voice

This time last year I submitted my first ever entry in the Richell Prize, an Australian prize for an emerging writer with an unpublished manuscript. This year, with a new work in progress, I've decided to give it another go. While thinking about my submission, I revisited my entry from last year and was horrified … Continue reading The Richell Prize, then and now: how blogging has honed my voice

Can you learn to pitch your novel via online courses?

I am a walking bundle of contradictions: a strident feminist who still does the whole family’s ironing, a creative working in a non-creative field and, like many writers, an introvert who doesn’t feel at all comfortable about the idea of spruiking myself to agents and publishers, yet desperately wants to be noticed. At some point, … Continue reading Can you learn to pitch your novel via online courses?