Can You Learn How 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 How to Pitch Your Novel Via Online Courses?

The importance of backstory: why you should interrogate your characters before planning a rewrite

Last November, I decided to embark on NaNoWriMo for the first time. The experience has taught me a lot about how much can be achieved in a short period of time with sufficient motivation. And how many under-utilised hours and minutes there are in every day, even if it sometimes feels almost impossible to carve out … Continue reading The importance of backstory: why you should interrogate your characters before planning a rewrite

Embracing creativity: you don’t need to reinvent yourself to benefit

Last weekend, I attended the Australian Writers' Centre in Sydney for an intensive weekend course in Creative Writing. The idea was to consolidate my knowledge, acquired largely by bumbling around, and build on my skills. Indeed, I learnt a lot from the lovely and talented tutor, Pamela Freeman, who generously shared the wisdom of her … Continue reading Embracing creativity: you don’t need to reinvent yourself to benefit

Favourite Books From Childhood: Why I’ll Never Reread Them

Image from flickr.com/photos/peonieandthistle/8184709931   As a child, there was rarely a moment when I didn't have my head buried in a book. Of course, they were simpler times—BC (before computers)—but I imagine I would have been a bookworm regardless of other distractions. My kids still manage to read voraciously despite the constant lure of screens. … Continue reading Favourite Books From Childhood: Why I’ll Never Reread Them

The Busy Person’s Guide to Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Nanowrimo, for those who are uninitiated, is a hare-brained scheme dreamt up in the land of hare-brained schemes—the US of A— some years ago, with the express purpose of torturing writers. It is now an international phenomenon involving a community of thousands of writers from all corners of the globe attempting to write 50 000 … Continue reading The Busy Person’s Guide to Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Book Review—Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, by Kate Cole-Adams

  Text Publishing, 2017, ISBN: 9781925498202 This is the book that I was planning to write, and the book that I could never have written. As an anaesthetist and a writer, I'm fascinated by the subject of consciousness and the concept of how anaesthetic agents work on the brain to alter it. I've even toyed … Continue reading Book Review—Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, by Kate Cole-Adams

What a career in medicine has taught me about giving feedback to fellow writers

Like most writers and wannabes, I have a day job. How else to fund a creative life, unless your name is J.K.Rowling? A day job can give so much to a writer, apart from food on the table and a roof over your head. Mine gives me job satisfaction, social interaction—which, being the introvert I … Continue reading What a career in medicine has taught me about giving feedback to fellow writers