There's a lot of opinions floating around in the writing world: show don't tell, limit backstory, don't overuse dialogue tags, careful with too many adjectives, and the list goes on. While there's a lot of truth to these and these 'rules' are definitely worth taking note of, there's one in particular I find I simply … Continue reading Why your first draft doesn’t have to stink
Recently I was reading a blog post by one of my favourite authors, Deanna Raybourn, about what she does well. To my surprise, she considers not being a perfectionist one of her strengths. And it got me thinking . . . Firstly, it's important to note that while I am often retentive about details and rather methodical, I'm … Continue reading So you want to be a writer? Forget being a perfectionist
I learned to water ski on the weekend. That blurry person is me, I'm not making that up! As well as ticking something off my bucket list, the experience reminded me about the importance of stepping away from your desk when you're a writer. I've written in the past about Why Writers Need To Go … Continue reading Routine breakers: the ultimate writing inspiration
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The University of Macquarie located in Sydney recently published its research findings on Australian authors. I don't know about you, but I've always enjoyed some good statistics. Blame my marketing background. I even got so excited I created a graph! (see below). Seriously though, data is power and having some insights into the Australian book … Continue reading Is it a good time to be an Australian author?