Why do you write?

Because I think. I write it down because it’s fun to play with what I think. That’s quite serious.

How did you come to writing?

In desperation. Slowly.

What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them?

Ego. It survived fear and loathing. I still haven’t taken it out but am still poisoning at the roots.

How do you keep yourself motivated and disciplined?

Being alive. Appreciating stuff.

How do you manage your writing time with everything else you do? How has that changed from when you were starting out?

Not really sure. It just happens. The change is that I no longer think of it as writing.

Where do you write? How do you arrange your working space?

Anywhere. Anyspace. Anyway.

What are your essential writing tools?

Brain. Humility (still practising!). Curiosity. Spontaneity. Innocence. Surrender. Perseverance.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known when you were starting out as a writer?

That it’s not about me.

What do you read and how do you read as a poet?

News (currently I’m calling this ‘Trumps’). Poetry. Non-fiction (or at least it’s meant to be non-fiction!).

How do you overcome ‘writer’s block’?

As it sits on the end of my neck I guess I would have to chop it off. (I don’t believe in it. You say stuff or you don’t – and both of these for a variety of reasons.)

What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring poets?

Think. Pay attention. Really think. Pay more attention.


MTC Cronin has written numerous collections of poetry (including several co-written with fellow-Australian poet, Peter Boyle) and a number of volumes of avant-garde cross-genre works. She currently lives, with her partner and three  daughters, on an organic farm (specialising in fresh Spanish produce) in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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