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Storyboarding and More …

I know I said I was taking a break from blogging, but I thought I'd give you an update on what I've been up to over the past week. The Novel As you know from my last blog post, I'm rewriting Ida's Children. I'm not thinking about the number of drafts and rewrites I've...

A Break from Blogging

This is a quick post to let you know I'll be taking a break from blogging in order to concentrate on my novel. The thing is, an agent has kindly sent me some feedback. By 'kindly', I mean 'bluntly', and by 'some' feedback, I mean 'loads', and my novel needs a huge...

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 a novel than I'd...

Final Draft 2.0 and Carving Out Time to Write

It's been school holidays for the past couple of weeks, and up until the last couple of days, the weather has been cold, wet and gloomy—and perfect for writing! I took the opportunity to immerse myself in an unscheduled home writing retreat, during which I took to my...

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 read it, I...

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. 'Troppo' is set in...

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. I'd...

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 encourage this fledgling writer/author. Thank...

Shortlisted for 2014 TAG Hungerford Award

I'm finally allowed to tell everyone that my novel, 'Ida's Children', has been shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award. This is the nicest present I've ever been given, and a wonderful way to end the year. Not long before Fremantle Press called...

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 it was ready after Draft #4, which it certainly was...

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 Development...

Blog Post #100 and What I’m Doing This Week …

I've just realised this is my 100th post:     One hundred posts in just under eighteen months—that's an average of 1.28 posts per week (rounded to two decimal places—see, the maths nerd is never far away), which is pleasing as I set out to post once per week. I'm...

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. She took...

My Writing Process

I've been tagged by two writers to join in a blog hop about writing and the writing process: Laurie Steed is a short story writer and Patricia Hackett Prize winning author from Perth, Western Australia. His work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning...

 

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