Occasionally, I let people read it. I am currently working on my first, full-length, fiction manuscript. It's challenging, and sometimes frustrating, creating a novel. I certainly had no idea what I was letting myself in for when I started and I have learned a great deal in a short period of time. The first draft was a pleasure, as the story simply flowed onto the screen as it came to me. The rewriting process is harder and it takes much longer. Despite that, for me, the writ
But it’s not just any door. Not at all, because it is the door to one of the retreat cabins at Katharine’s Place, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Greenmount. Over the last two weeks, I have been staying at KSP, on a writing fellowship. I have been immersed in writing. And not just my own writing. Katharine’s Place is alive with writers’ groups, workshops and social groups and it was all part of the experience to attend some of these, to meet the people invo
A splash of routine, a pinch of process and a dash of intuition. This is the recipe that I am hoping will create a successful second draft of my manuscript. Routine is something that successful writers’ always put at the top of their list of writing tips. It’s the holy grail of literary pursuit. Writing routinely, and regularly, without distraction is what is required. It’s not surprising, after all you couldn’t build a house if you didn’t make time to lay bricks.
So to assi
At 11:40 PM on New Years Eve, I was reading. My wife was next to me on the couch catching Pokemon, my 19 year old son was having a snooze and my 14 year old boy was making an Indiana Jones costume. A Robbie Williams concert was on the TV. It wasn't much of a party scene but it was a great way to end the year. We had enjoyed a wonderful day strolling the markets and walking in the forest, capping it off with a great pub meal. We all went outside at midnight to watch the firewo
John Forrest National Park, on the eastern edge of Perth, is Western Australia’s oldest national park. It is a beautiful place with two natural waterfalls, surrounded by marri and jarrah trees. It is the location where, this year, I ran my first ever trail half marathon - an awesome, fun-packed, Perth Trail Series event called ‘Eagle and Child’. It is next to this wonderful national park, in Greenmount, that the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre is located. The cent
NANOWRIMO, you are a foul-smelling beast, wretched in your hunger for words, eating at my soul, devouring all my time, awakening me in the dead of night...but you will not beat me! I wrote these words on November 15, this year, at the midpoint of my first encounter with the writing behemoth that is National Novel Writing Month. For the uninitiated, NANOWRIMO is a global writing project, run annually in November. This year over four hundred thousand writers participated, all o
FREE stories. Yes, really, they are FREE! If you are desperately excited to get to the FREE (yes, FREE!) stories then please click here and enjoy: Amazon Australia Amazon US iBooks But if you want to know more about these FREE stories then you can also read the below, and then you can click on the links up there. In February this year, I was fortunate enough to join an online workshopping group that was formed by the Australian Writers’ Centre. The group includes emerging and