Guest interview on thriving in the ‘liminal space’ between submission and publication

Screenshot of my guest interview at http://www.karenhollands.com.au There are many blog series which feature published authors and how they managed to scale the publishing heights, but few focus on writers in the midst of the struggle. Many of us fear being labelled failures or no-talent wannabes if we open up about rejections, and we suffer … Continue reading Guest interview on thriving in the ‘liminal space’ between submission and publication

How to write through rejection and silence

Bouddi National Park A good friend and glorious writer admitted this week to being 'at sea' with her writing. Traditionally published with no shortage of accolades or experience, she is currently pitching her new novel—her baby—to agents and publishers. And so far she's had to deal with several rejections and worse: silence. In an attempt … Continue reading How to write through rejection and silence

Embrace vulnerability to strengthen your writing

Photo by Keenan Constance on Pexels.com If writers want to make an emotional connection with readers, they need to be willing to tap into their own vulnerability. Some of the strongest, most affecting writing comes from a place of raw honesty. Examining and exposing your feelings takes courage, but I guarantee that if you embrace … Continue reading Embrace vulnerability to strengthen your writing

Self-confidence is a decision

Photo by Jeffrey Czum on Pexels.co When you set your sights on traditional publication, at every stage of the process your success relies on convincing others of your worth: agents, publishers, reviewers, readers. You are constantly seeking external validation. And most of the time, when hundreds apply for every opportunity, that validation is not forthcoming. … Continue reading Self-confidence is a decision

Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers

Photo by Immortal shots on Pexels.com The business of being a writer is inherently disappointing if your mark of success is achieving traditional publication or winning prizes. Although many of us harbour these desires, these glittering goals, the reality is that few writers, even successful ones, end up collecting a pile of accolades. Or sales. … Continue reading Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers