The Juggling Act.

So many things. All of the things. Sometimes it feels as though life is a never-ending struggle to keep multiple priorities in check whilst striving for some forward motion. Writing is no different. In fact, writing is a microcosm of life. New things start, old things die. There are clashes and drama. Writing has taught me about life, and life has given me the skills […]

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Narrative: My Answer to the ‘King Club’

Today I thought I’d take a step back from what I’m writing and talk a bit about how I write. Over the past years, I’ve had a number of conversations with people regarding the best approach for writing a narrative. One thing is clear in my observation: no two writers work in the same way, and there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ way to write a plot. […]

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Novel Writing 10: The End is the Beginning.

That’s a wrap! This is the spot where I finished my second novel's first draft. Thanks @Library_Vic for the great #AmWriting space! — I H Laking (@IHLaking) November 2, 2015 I officially downed writing tools at 4:30pm yesterday, in the rather picturesque Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria, where I’ve written a sizeable chunk of my second novel manuscript. But even though I’ve […]

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Novel Writing 8: the Second Novel Rolls On

It’s been a long time coming! My last post related to novel writing was almost two months ago now. At that stage, I was plunging into the first draft of my second novel. So, what’s happened in these past 60 days? Well, quite a lot! I attended the Melbourne Writers Festival, took part in a Writers Victoria publishing intensive, and generally got to know more about […]

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Three reasons why you should connect with your local writing community.

Before you read any further, I want to be clear: no one paid me to write this! It’s simply a reflection on the past year in my writing life. You see, my Writers Victoria membership has just come up for renewal. When I first joined it was because I was submitting my manuscript for assessment. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but as it turns […]

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