While becoming a published author in recent years has been a thrill, the highlight of my career has been my involvement in the publication of someone else’s book. This probably needs some clarification. The ‘someone else’ I refer to is not one person but fourteen young Indigenous students from remote communities all around Queensland and…

Some of the authors nominated for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards share their advice for new writers, for finding inspiration and on the habits and rituals that keep them writing …   What’s your best advice for new writers?  Liz Tynan, winner of the Australian History category for Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story (New…

It’s always interesting to find out when a writer believes their career started. Was it as they tapped out their first story as a child and found a willing audience? Was it as they finally cracked the market, after being a part-time writer, to become ‘someone’ when they published a hit novel after numerous beige…

Many writers would probably jump backwards through flaming hoops to be picked up by a big publisher and showered with admiration (or, preferably, money). Regrettably, this is quite unlikely – the publisher, that is. Your book could be a masterpiece, but major publishers are finding it harder to make said money, so they rarely risk…

Simon Whaley chats to one writer who got her readers to pay upfront for her first self-published book … What if you could ask your readers to buy your next book, before you’ve even self-published it? Sarah Plater did just that through the popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. She, and her illustrator friend Sophie, successfully secured…

Newman and Mittelmark take the daring approach of teaching you how to write a bad novel. The book is divided into sections on plot, character, setting and style. Each section diagnoses a series of common tropes, clichés or otherwise poor stylistic or narrative choices, and demonstrates their ‘bad’-ness through humorous example paragraphs. Then, more seriously,…

The other day I read a blog over at writerunboxed.com—a truly worthwhile site if you are looking for both guidance and inspiration—about planning and pantsing that stopped me in my tracks and gave me a jolt. Basically, it restored some much-needed self-confidence, but to explain why, I must backtrack. A few months ago I finished…

I think of Queensland Writers Centre as the sturdy trunk of a tree. It’s the main conduit that nourishes all the branches that connect to it. And we fortunate members are its leaves; the vibrant, diverse and ever-renewing milieu of creatives that spring from these branches and take sustenance from the trunk’s rootstock.  One branch…

Contrary to all the stereotypes of the lonely writer, writers are a gregarious bunch. We like to hang out together and talk ‘shop’, just like everybody else. Conferences are great occasions for that simple reason, as we get a chance to mingle with our tribe. However, conferences are rare. You can make writing friends online,…

Every family has its folklore, and mine is that when I was small my father bought me a Little Golden Book every Sunday when he bought the newspaper. We weren’t a bookish family, but I can relate to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye when he says: ‘I’m quite illiterate, but I read a…

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