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Denise Mills: Writing is a Big Deal

When my Inbox goes ping and I see it's another piece for Writers in the Attic, I feel a little thrill. I have to drop what I'm doing and read it straightaway. I can't resist. Each of the essays I've posted has resonated with me in some way and many have had me...

Marie McLean: What Writing Means to Me

I'm yet to meet today's writer in the attic, Marie McLean, despite the fact we both live in the same city, we're both writers and we encounter each other almost daily online. We're hoping to remedy that soon, but in the meantime I'll bring you Marie's beautifully...

Robin Riedstra: Writing With Dyslexia

Without further ado, today for Writers in the Attic I want to introduce you to Robin Riedstra: Robin is an Australian writer, ranter, reviewer, dyslexic, twitter addict, and definitely a mad mumma. Robin's memoir, 'Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression...

New Release Date for ‘The Sisters’ Song’

I have a new date for my book's release: January 2018. Whilst this means I must wait another four months' to see my book on the shelves, it also means that I have more time to complete these final edits and get my novel into tip-top shape.  Once this book is...

Deborah Burrows: Writing Tales of Courage

I'm honoured to have author and lawyer, Deb Burrows, join me in the attic today. Deb's published four historical novels, and all tell the stories of courageous women during WWII.    Deb was born and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and is the author of...

Natasha Lester: My Attics and My Children

I'm bouncing around the attic today because I'm thrilled to be hosting this essay by my special guest, Natasha Lester. Natasha is not only an award-winning writer, but she's a constant source of writerly knowledge, support, and encouragement for fledgling writers here...

Robyne Young: A Life of Writing Prompts

Joining me in the attic today is Albury writer, Robyne Young. As you'll discover when you read on, Robyne's always been a writer as a journalist across a number of media, but the itch to write creatively has always been there, too. I won't write much of Robyne's bio...

Writing is Rewriting

Back in 2013, when I finished a first draft of 'The Sisters' Song' (which was called 'Ida's Children' then—I'm still getting used to calling my child by a different name), I had no idea how much editing and rewriting lay ahead. I thought four, maybe five, drafts, and...

Rae Hilhorst: Why I Write

I have another of my writing friends in the attic today: Rae Hilhorst. Here's the serious, factual bio for Rae: Rae lives in Perth Western Australia and is a married mother of two adult daughters. Her blog is her hobby, a means to explore creative writing. When brave...

Conor Duggan: Writing Far From Home

This is the week for firsts: not only is Conor Duggan my first male guest for writers in the attic, he's also my first Irish guest, first backpacker, first geologist, first slam-poet, first writer not to use a desk, and a whole heap of other firsts you'll discover if...

I’ve Been Editing …

My apologies for being so quiet on my blog lately. As most of you would already know, I've been doing the structural edits on my novel. They're notoriously hard—just ask any author—and I had only one month in which to complete them. That month also happened to be...

Deb Wain: A Circuitous Pathway to Writing

I have yet another gorgeous essay for Writers in the Attic this week, this time from Deb Wain. Deb's tale of how she came to writing really resonated with me. In fact, parts of it are eerily similar to an essay I wrote for the Writing the Dream anthology last year,...

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