Novel Writing 9: Endgame.

“And so we enter… endgame.” It’s all coming down the wire now, and I’m finding myself heading into the final few chapters of my novel with a sense of excitement – which is a good thing! I’ve found that exciting writing is similar to exciting reading. In the same sense that I just can’t put a good book down, I find that when I hit […]

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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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Writers Victoria Publishing Intensive: Insights into the Publishing Process

A publisher, a literary agent, an ePublishing guru, and a media expert walk into a room. No, seriously. All these people walked into a room at The Wheeler Centre this weekend for the Writers Victoria Publishing Intensive. If you’re looking for some quick insights into the publishing process, here are some of the key things I learned over the past days: The Publisher – Donna Ward Donna is […]

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Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 Review.

I’ve never felt so alive. As an emerging writer who spends a lot of time interacting with other writers online, walking into a room full of people who share my passion for the written word is always a special treat. I’ve spent several days over the past two weeks at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 surrounded by thousands of readers and writers, and I can safely say that #MWF15  was a triumph of programming […]

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Thank you.

“Thanks.” It’s not something we’re encouraged to say a lot these days. The myth of the self-made person is quite pervasive in Western society, and the pressure to pull yourself up and succeed is immense. I was reflecting on how I’ve got to where I am now, and I want to pause and thank a few people. One of my colleagues made a comment to […]

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