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Local talent

When I decided to go to a local convention I had to make some tough choices, the lineup of local talent was so darn good! Starting the day with how to overcome obstacles with writing, author, Annabel Smith led us through a comprehensive range of strategies that happily proved I was on the right track. Her delightful sense of humour had the large group laughing together at common pitfalls and smiling at suggestions like: Timetable your day – not for

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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence. Whose first ‘aha’ is Simon and Garfunkel? If so, perhaps, like me, you are giving away your age! This last month or two I’ve listened to lots of different sounds of silence. It’s been a pretty bleak, wet spell in what we usually refer to as ‘hot, sunny Perth.’ To abate the morning’s chill, my favourite sound is the hissing and spitting logs in our pot belly stove while I type away. I wrap myself in the accompanying

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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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