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Jodie How: Writer or Tortoise

Today I welcome emerging Western Australian writer, Jodie How. Here's Jodie's take on creativity and how, once she'd discarded her romantic notions of being a writer, she found what worked for her:  'If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s persistence. I’m the...

Linda Strader: ‘Dear Diary …’

Although this series is open to any writer from anywhere, most of my guests have been Australian. Today, I'm thrilled to introduce an international guest, Linda Strader, who visits the attic from the USA. Read Linda's story about writing a memoir and getting it...

Karen Lee: If the Cloak Fits

A few weeks ago, after I shared this How to Write a Book post, a writer I didn't know emailed me. That writer's name was Karen Lee, and she told me that she'd read my post whilst at the hairdressers. It was the first time she'd visited a salon in the five years...

Fiona Robertson: Beginning Again

Every week I say I'm honoured to share the post for the attic and you're probably sick of reading that phrase. However, each week I am honoured to share the guest post, as well as humbled and a little thrilled that someone has written such a moving and thoughtful...

Tess Woods: What Makes a Real Writer?

Today I welcome Tess Woods into the attic. I'm so proud to share this essay because Tess is a dear friend of mine. It's written in her inimitable style and with her trademark length (she's never short for a word 😉 ). You won't regret taking the time to read it,...

Ruth Dawkins: The Best is Yet to Come

I'm excited because today's writer in the attic comes from one of my favourite places in the entire world, my old hometown of Hobart, Tasmania. All of the things she writes about Hobart in this piece are true, and her words brought back memories of things I miss about...

Alyssa Mackay: Me, Myself and Author

A couple of months' ago, I came across a hilarious blog post, First thoughts reading my first draft, on Alyssa Mackay's website. It had me in stitches, so I browsed Alyssa's other posts and saw she wasn't a one-hit wonder—there were other entertaining posts, like...