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Growing up is optional…

I am in the process of ‘looking back’ – a fun thing to do! This time it’s to my childhood books, after all, growing up is optional! What did you read as a child – when you were growing up? Some of my early favourites got a peek in My Reading and Writing Life. This time I take a take a step or two a few years down the track to when I was reading children’s books as an adult. Why

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Writing the Dream – 24 inspiring stories

Writing comes easy – said no one ever! So what works for you? Writing the Dream,  a Serenity Press Anthology is an inspiring collection of 24 authors One dream 24 inspiring stories and 120 writing tips Words of encouragement from one of the contributors who signed my edition at the launch. Here are 5 random tips, some from the 120 – Write every day Join a writing community Take risks Try different genres Read widely I enjoyed reading 24 wonderful

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Voice – Dealbreaker – 6 points

VOICE, the Dealbreaker Voice is tricky. And it’s been confusing for me. But, it is actually quite simple, at least to understand. Just not so easy to write effectively. Voice is speaking when you actually talk. Voice is the words on the page when you write. How well or poorly or distinctively you speak can be likened to how well or poorly or distinctively you write. As one acquires spoken language over time then engages according to what and how

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Coast or Hills

Recently my husband and I decided to go for a drive away from the hills where we live, to the coast, where we chose not to live. It’s not that I dislike the ocean, or prefer hills, it’s rather what was available at the time. We felt welcome in either place. Here, in Perth Western Australia, the suburban sprawl has crept along the coastline and headed further and further away from the central city. Whether that’s a good thing or

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WRITING SPRINTS

What is a writing sprint? It’s a fantastic concept and practice I first heard about at the writing retreat I recently attended. Take 30 minutes and write. No distractions (argh I hear you say!) yes, that’s right – write with no distractions for 30 minutes solid. I grab my caffeine burst of choice and a few chocolate squares and sit and write without guilt for thirty minutes. (If chocolate arouses guilt then delete that bit). It’s so do-able! Why is that so? (…asks

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5 BENEFITS of going on a WRITERS’ RETREAT

There’s so much I could write about going on a writers’ retreat. These are five of the many aspects I found hugely beneficial when I attended a retreat run by Natasha Lester in the beautiful south west of Western Australia recently. 1. Mixing with like-minded people creates a sense of community It is so affirming to mix with people who ‘get’ that you are a ‘writer’. I still recall the excitement when a participant discovered how to start writing her story.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed – how to research your story

 Researching your novel – why, what, how, where Why research?  Research covers aspects of almost everything that goes into my story. That is why I must research – to add colour, depth, width, breadth – to breathe life into my story. It must ring true and there’s no short cuts, not that I wanted them. (Well, yes, secretly maybe it would be ‘nice’ if less work was needed but then the journey would be less fun!) I realise how utterly naive it

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What happens after the first draft?

An interview with my other self What happens after you’ve written your very first draft? To start with I look at the MESS OF WORDS that hit the page. Why, I ask, did they roll from  the tips of my fingers through the keys onto the page with such blind ignorance of forming a story that flows? Really? You want the perfect final draft on your first effort? Well, yes, of course! Don’t we all?! I’m not so sure. It

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Welcome to my fresh new look!

  I’m so excited  to welcome you to my fresh new website! A big shout out to Cameron @ http://www.bcmarketing.com.au/ for getting my site up and running. Some time last year I attended a workshop that highlighted some deficits in my existing web site. For instance, I found out I need a host for my domain so I can link my email. And not just any email account, but a new one that allows me to use mail chimp for my newsletters. (Wait

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5 tips on learning to write again

It takes a while to realise that – once out of practice with writing regularly it’s important to do just that – (1) Write every day – whether a blog post, an entry in Facebook or another social media platform or an article for my first ever newsletter. Like almost anything, skill is acquired in the doing. So I write each day. Short or long. In the long term at least 1000 words a day is a great goal and

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