Inspiration Lacking

As writers, one of the biggest problems we can face is a lack inspiration… So you’ve set a goal to up your writing game in 2019 and (finally) finish that manuscript you started this time last year. Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to take your writing hobby more seriously and turn it into a…

Tea: Part of the Writers Survival Guide

As we approach our Novelists’ Bootcamp, we’ve done some research into survival. Now, we are Australian, so survival is in our blood. Surely no other nation of people can slam a door fast enough to keep a fly out. But seriously, there are some key things required in order to survive in the wilderness; clean…

Memory word cloud

Memories can be both beautiful and traumatising. Some we hold onto with mysticism, like Jay Gatsby, and wonder if they were ever real, and others can instill so much fear that we don’t actually remember them. Our memory is also extremely fascinating. Have a read of some of these fun facts we found: Procrastination is…

Woman holding an ipad

A while back, I was working on a multimedia project. I’d joined the project team for a Skype call which included project mentor, Brian Cain. Brian is a Creative Director who’s worked on HBO’s True Blood and Game of Thrones, among other things. We were discussing something about the narrative driving the project, I can’t…

White Office Phones

Where are you right now? If you’ve got a few minutes to spare or are feeling bored, we have an exercise to help keep your creative juices flowing. Let’s get started. Wherever you are, make a list of inanimate objects you can see, then pick three! We’re in the office at the moment so this…

Friends reading together

As writers, we like to find our little corner, whether that’s somewhere in nature, or our kitchen table, and sit and think and sit some more and maybe write something down and not be disturbed. Most definitely though, we DO NOT want to be asked, ‘So what did you write today?’ Because there’s nothing more…

If you’re a writer who struggles with matters related to confidence, you’re not alone. Many emerging writers are hard-pressed to believe in the value of their creative work. They often question the power of their words, the resonance of their ideas, even their worthiness to write. A woman in one of my workshops once said…

Birds flying at sunset

There is something very very terrifying about submitting your writing, whether it’s your first time, fifth time, or you’ve been published multiple times over the decades. It’s terrifying because being rejected or being told that that chapter you loved needs to be revised never goes down easy… no matter how many successes you’ve had. So…

feather quill in a pot of ink

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen Has there ever been a more iconic opening sentence in a novel? Jane Austen may not be every reader or writers cup of tea, but there’s still much that…

The idea of working as a freelance writer sure sounds alluring. You have the freedom to set your own schedule, work your own hours, select your own clients and write about the topics you know and love from the comfort of your own lounge chair. What’s not to like? However the thought of becoming a…

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