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More On Writing a Novel: Feedback

More On Writing a Novel: Feedback

In my last blog post, I talked about some of the lessons I’ve learned while writing a novel. Besides learning how to write, I’ve also learnt a fair bit about editing, having revised my novel countless times now. There’s a lot more involved in editing...
How Liz Gilbert Won Me Over

How Liz Gilbert Won Me Over

Firstly, let me confess: Confession #1: I hated ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. It irritated me from the outset, but I persevered until chapter eight (of the 128 chapters in the book) when I closed the covers once and for all, and I have not looked back. At the time I...
TAG Hungerford Award—Post Script

TAG Hungerford Award—Post Script

  Last Thursday, after an agonising three-and-a-half month wait, the winner of the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award was announced at Fremantle Arts Centre. The winner was ‘Troppo’, by Madelaine Dickie, which will be published next year....
Dear Mr Premier

Dear Mr Premier

I sent the following letter to the Premier of Western Australia, Mr Colin Barnett, and WA’s Minister for Culture and the Arts, Mr John Day, following the announcement last week that the WA Premier’s Book Awards will be held biennially, instead of annually....
Thank You and Happy Christmas

Thank You and Happy Christmas

Dear Reader, Thank you for joining me on this long-haul writing ‘safari’—you’ve jumped aboard even without the promise of a destination, and I can’t thank you enough. Each time you read my words, or ‘Like’, or comment, you...
The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Hopefully, I’m on the downhill run with this novel. I’ve finished the latest draft, draft #12 at least (but who’s counting?), and I feel as if it’s ready to send out to agents and publishers. Please note, I also felt...
Rejection

Rejection

It’s a long time since I’ve been rejected for anything—a boyfriend, a job—mainly because I haven’t put myself in line for it, being happily married and not looking for work. But last week my manuscript was rejected for the QWC-Hachette Manuscript...
Hey, I Have a Guest in the Attic …

Hey, I Have a Guest in the Attic …

I’m very proud to introduce my first guest author to the attic: Lily Malone, author of His Brand of Beautiful (Escape Publishing, 2013), The Goodbye Ride (2013), and Fairway to Heaven (2014). Lily lives in Margaret River with her husband and two young sons....

 

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