Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Writing competitions can provide wonderful opportunities for emerging writers. The prospect of raising your head above the sea of other unpublished writers with a prestigious win or shortlisting, and perhaps attracting the attention of an agent or publisher, is irresistible. Or the lure of a cash windfall. Some offer publication … Continue reading What makes a writing competition worth the entry fee?
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I have a love-hate relationship with writing prompts. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I don't like being told what to do—remind me never to sign up for a boot camp! In all seriousness, I love writing prompts that produce free, unselfconscious writing. Overly constrained tasks, … Continue reading Eight writing prompts to fire up creativity
Photo by SharkBite on Pexels.com At the moment I'm in the limbo period between finishing the first draft of a novel manuscript and embarking on the editing process. As a rule, I try to leave a manuscript alone for at least a month at this stage, preferably several months, in the hope of being objective … Continue reading Don’t limit yourself: the case for juggling multiple writing projects
Photo by Jessica Lewis on Pexels.com Short fiction can be a fantastic way for a writer to explore new genres, build skills or just let off steam, to have a bit of fun and actually finish a piece when a novel can take years to write and polish. Publishing short fiction can also be a … Continue reading How to get published in literary journals: why you need a submission strategy
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
Last weekend I took part in a flash fiction workshop at Varuna in Katoomba, run in collaboration with the Sydney Writers' Festival. On a drizzly grey Saturday, when the mountain mist smothered the town like a blanket, a group of writers gathered in front of a crackling fireplace in Varuna's cosy lounge room to learn … Continue reading Ten tips for creating outstanding flash fiction
A few friends and relatives have told me that they've always dreamed of writing, but can't come up with any story ideas. Indeed, when the bug to write fiction first took hold, I felt the same way, coming up with plenty of lack-lustre ideas before settling on the idea that would sustain me through the … Continue reading Finding inspiration for fiction in everyday life.