I'm trying to read like a writer. Choosing books that will inspire and educate me. Award winning and well-written, innovative and classic. However, that only gets me so far. I also have to feed my romance and self improvement addictions. Leaving aside academic papers for the day job and email correspondence for long distance family,… Continue reading Reading like a writer
I set a goal for 31 July 2016 to reach the 30,000 word target of my novel. I'm still about 10,000 off. I've been stuck just below 20,000 for the last few weeks, and just can't seem to get past it. Tonight will be the night! Does this ever happen to you? What was the reason?… Continue reading In need of a Writing Reboot?
I didn't, and I don't. I think I want to be a writer - but thinking is different to knowing. I named this blog and my twitter: AUTHOR, as if by using the word I would believe it, own it, know it. An attempt to wield the label, the brand, to turn the thought into knowledge.… Continue reading When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
A long while ago, the lovely Lisa Lancaster nominated me for the Liebster Award. I want to thank her for welcoming me into a community of writers. She is candid, inspirational and makes me smile. She has fostered a wonderful group of fellow writers about her. What I really want to write is a novel. Lisa's done… Continue reading Liebster Award semi-acceptance
I am a boxer tapping out of the ring. I live to write another day. I have plans - big plans! - for my book(s), for my blog, for dabbling in many different avenues of writing and learning more about writing. I can hardly wait! This week though, I have to tap out - take… Continue reading Tapping out of the ring
You know that moment in a dark cinema when the person next to you lifts their hand for a mouthful of popcorn and their watch catches in the light? It's enough. That small distraction breaks your suspension of disbelief. Suddenly, the film seems utterly daft and implausible. That is exactly how this week felt. Before I… Continue reading Writer’s post: the cinema of the mind
The Australian Government's Productivity Commission draft report on Intellectual Property has been released. I recommend you read at least these key points and recommendations. The Australian publishing industry is largely unhappy about it and I'm not surprised. What people are saying about it: Read the submissions page, if you like government-style documents. It is separated into… Continue reading Productivity Commission- Intellectual Property in Australia | An aspiring author’s perspective
A writer of poetry in an old Victorian house creaking with the weight of the travellers it bears the dreamscape constantly shifts beneath my pen. The journalistic writer exploded in a rouse at the eccentric traveller who's staying upstairs his musical dreamscape blaring obnoxiously loud. This old Victorian house has become a writer's den… Continue reading #NaPoWriMo Day 14
If you and I were having coffee ... I'd tell you that I'm finding my tribes. Plural - because why limit myself to just one when there are so many amazing people in this world? With the Australian Writers Centre podcast 'So You Want To Be A Writer' by Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo - and a… Continue reading Finding my tribe(s)
A full week of poems down. Something is beginning. This feels good. This is fun. Looking forward to more. More writing begets more writing. Today's prompt was a tritina. Just when I was getting a little tired of trying new forms and thinking about going back to free-verse. I quite liked this form though. Hope… Continue reading #NaPoWriMo Day 7