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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,...

Glenda Janes: The Saving Grace of Writing

Every week, I say how honoured/thrilled/excited I am to host this week's Writer in the Attic. I know I'm repeating myself and sounding clichéd, but it's true: every week, I am truly honoured, thrilled and excited to post each story. As I read the stories that come in,...

Christina Houen: The Evolution of a Story

Welcome back to Writers in the Attic for 2017! This series was one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of my 2016 blog year, so it's my absolute pleasure to invite writers into this little space again. I have some wonderful writers and essays lined up—an eclectic...

My Writing Goals In 2017

I've been quiet on the blog lately and I apologise. My excuse is that in this part of the world, it's school holidays, and I've wound everything right back so I don't spend all day in the attic and neglect my family. School returns next week so I'm gearing up for...

Lily Malone: On Writing Romance

My last writer in the attic for 2016 is Lily Malone. Lily was a guest here in 2014, but she's been rather busy since then ...  Lily has worked as a journalist and editor of wine industry magazines, but discovered after years of writing facts for a living, writing...

On the Eve of Fifty

I'm about to turn fifty. Half a century, a milestone. An age I once thought of as ancient.  Until this birthday, I've not worried about my age, not ever. The number of years I'd been alive had never made me feel old. When I was a child, I'd felt differently, of...

 

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