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time last year I submitted my first ever entry in the Richell Prize, an Australian prize for an emerging writer with an unpublished manuscript.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 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