If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen (a couple of months ago now) that I've been having a go at writing a novel by hand. I've long been hearing of the benefits of writing by hand. Heaps of authors do it (so I've read); Isobelle Carmody and Stephen King, for example. Then there were all these amazing … Continue reading Novel Writing by Hand? Yay or Nay?
Some time ago I published the first of what I intended to be a short series on the writing of my novel. That post was 'A Novel's Inspiration' and here, finally, is post #2 - a brief account of the research that went into this novel. First of all there were the bush walks - one of … Continue reading A Novel’s Research
"How do you find the time to...?" I've been asked this question quite a bit over the past few weeks - on Instagram in relation to my reading habits, and by a couple of different people at the recent Tamar Valley Writers Festival when discussing my writing. I have three children; two I home-school … Continue reading How to find the time to…
Last weekend was the Tamar Valley Writers Festival - two days (well, for me - there were other events on other days too), of non-stop panels and book-signings and networking! Those of you who've been following my blog for a while now, may remember that around this time two years ago I attended the Festival of … Continue reading Tamar Valley Writers Festival 2016
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak about creativity. In conversation with Tasmanian author Heather Rose, Liz told us all about her creative life, which she has written about in her book 'Big Magic'. I sat in the dark theatre, scrawling largely spaced notes into my notebook, hoping not to overlap notes on a page I couldn't see. … Continue reading In Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert
For over two years now I've been working on a historical fiction - tentatively titled 'On Demon's Shores' (It's a play on words for 'Van Diemen's Land'). A couple of months ago I opened it up again, after putting it aside for 3-4 months, and began to read through the drivel... and there was plenty! I took … Continue reading Draft 6 – Finished… for now
I've been following the blog of Australian Author, Natasha Lester for a while now. She has some great content, and her books have been on my reading list for some time. But it was this blog post that propelled her novel 'if I should lose you' to the top of my TBR list. In the post, Natasha … Continue reading if I should lose you – Natasha Lester – Review #aww2014
Recently I was lucky enough to win a copy of 'The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles' by Katherine Pancol, from Allen and Unwin. It was such an easy read - I started it one afternoon and had finished it by the next! I loved the main story line of Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, a story of … Continue reading The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles – review
I read a most awesome blog post this morning, which puts everything into perspective about the possibility of being a successful writer. Kristen Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone, words it much better than I ever could, but basically she is saying that from the millions of people in the world who have a … Continue reading What are a writer’s chance of success?
The ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) results for Round 2 have been announced. Readers of this blog may remember that last month I was excited to announce that my novel 'Red Sky' passed through Round 1. Sadly it did not pass Round 2. It is of course, very disappointing, but as part of the 'award' … Continue reading Writing Lessons