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How to Write a Book Part #5: Seeking Feedback

It’s no news to any writer that seeking feedback on your work is one of the hardest things about this writing business. Yet, if we want to be published, at some stage we must put our words, stories and characters out there to be scrutinised by others. It’s as...

How to Write a Book #4: Learning the Craft

In a previous post for this series, I wrote about how hard it was to wear ‘L’ plates again after deciding to become a writer in my early forties. Today, I’m going to talk about how I actually learnt the craft of writing. At the time I started writing, my children were...

How To Write a Book #2: Take Your Writing Seriously

Continuing with my series on 'How to Write a Book', this week I thought I’d write on another aspect I found particularly difficult to put into practice: Taking my writing seriously.  I'm never comfortable giving advice—I prefer to write about my experiences in the...

Replenishing the Empty Well

Today I felt like journaling. It had been a few months since my last journal entry because I hadn't had much to say. But today I felt like writing again so, for a change, I decided to type my thoughts straight into a Word document. This is different to how I last...

No More Edits and That’s a Promise.

Last week, I finished editing my novel and sent it back to Allen and Unwin. A few days later, one of my editors emailed to say: 'It has been such a pleasure to read the revised manuscript this week. I think you’ve tightened the pace of the novel and fleshed out the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Is Blogging Worth It?

Blogging is a big commitment. I've done it for three-and-a-half years now, and there have been times I’ve been tempted to let it lapse. When it's felt like too much of a burden, another deadline, a time-sucker. I’m not a quick writer, and I can’t just...

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