A quiet place to write

Usually, when I sit at my desk in the morning, it is to silence. There is no music, the phone is ignored and no one is around. Essentially, I work to exam conditions (but without a scary exam lady watching over me). I need to be free of distractions to be able to turn inside…

New

Sometimes, all you can do is close down your old documents, put away your old notes, and start again. This is true of writing and of life. There are times when you need a change of scenery. Or a place where no one knows you or your history. Then there are times when everything needs…

Lessons Learned

Life is a collection of lessons. A series of classes we must take. But rarely do we stop to think about those lessons. We think about moments; a series of photographs our mind strings together to tell us what our life has involved. But to grow as a person we must also think about how…

Creative Bubble

Today is the first day of a long weekend and, as I don’t usually work Tuesdays, this means I have the next four days off work. Four days of no commitments. Four days of sleep-ins and doing whatever I want. While many Australians will use the long weekend to go away camping or down the…

Oops, I did it again…

Once again, February held one of the most magnificent events of the year; the Lifeline Book Fair. Unlike last year, I didn’t go in with specific books in mind or a budget I foolishly thought I could keep to. This time, I went prepared for everything. Armed with my grandma trolley, a drink bottle and…

HARDCOPY

Yes, it’s back. The number 1 writing course in Australia. The program that will break down your barriers to writing a creative and interesting piece and slingshot you to where you never dreamed of taking your writing. HARDCOPY 2017 applications are now open for non-fiction writers. Make this the year you listen to the whispers…

Softcopy

A group of Australian emerging writers recently published an eclectic collection of short stories. To confirm for yourself that the future of books is not dead, have a look here.

The 26 Challenge

As this time of year is all about resolutions, I thought I’d throw mine into the mix. BUT…with a little twist. Rather than trying to change my behaviours, I’ve decided to expand on what I already do, pushing myself further. To do this, I’ve set myself a series of challenges. Read 26 books. This one…

The MAGIC of Harry Potter

Being part of the generation who grew up with Harry Potter, I have my original set of books, sitting in order on my bookcase. It’s almost a badge of honour; I’m a serious reader, I have Happy Potter.  But what do we do with them? Earlier in the year I was given the illustrated version…

Welcome to NaNoWriMo 2017

There is just one day to the start of NaNoWriMo 2017 and while I won’t be participating this year (I am currently mid-manuscript), I thought I’d share a few things I learnt last year. Work with your most developed story idea. This might seem obvious, but it can be tempting to begin writing the story…

Top 3 very old books

To finish this series on old books, I have chosen my favourite three books over 50 years old. These are definitely books published before I was born and so I haven’t read many, but there are a few shinning examples of wonderful literature. Top 3 books over 50 years J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a…

Top 3 even older books

Last week, I posted on my favourite books over five years old. But that’s hardly old. Five years ago, an earthquake hit Japan causing a tsunami. Five years ago, Steve Jobs died. Five years ago, we saw the last Harry Potter movie hit the screens. Do we remember all these events? Of course we do,…