Queensland Writers Centre Writer's Surgery

Anyone who’s ever attempted a creative work knows the stamina required. You spend hours writing and rewriting, crafting characters and scenes, obsessing over the most minor word selection only to scrap entire sentences and start again. It’s intense and it’s personal – and many writers refuse to send their work out into the world until…

Why do you write?  I don’t think I really have much of a choice in the matter. Writing is something I’ve always done; it’s how I make sense of myself and the world. I LOVE stories. I love making them up, sharing them, reading them, hearing them. Stories are an excellent energy source; we don’t…

Why do you write?  I was born in Central Queensland under the Tropic of Capricorn and grew up in the 1950s and 60s. In my working-class town, in a state governed by a culture of bombastic white male mediocrity, there was not the slightest encouragement to do anything individualistic, especially if you were female. There…

Why do you write?  It’s tremendously satisfying to turn a vague idea into a finished, coherent piece of writing. Ideas tend to be fairly amorphous: you have a hazy vision of a character, a situation, a set of ideas. What writing does is discipline those ideas. Nothing exposes a stupid idea like reading it, externalised…

How do you keep yourself motivated and disciplined? Easy – I love what I do! How do you manage your writing time with everything else you do? How has that changed from when you were starting out? For me, it’s a case of I want to succeed with my writing business, so I make time…

Why do you write? I’ve always loved words and stories. Another thing I loved growing up was putting jigsaw puzzles together and I think story writing is very similar. The writing process to me has always been like stumbling across a few intriguing pieces from a giant unknown jigsaw puzzle and then trying to find…

Why do you write?  I write poetry. Poetry for me is really about getting something written down and then looking back at the patterns, then adding, adding, cutting, rearranging. It’s also about patience and trust in myself. If I just keep writing without filtering, I learn a lot about my own concealed obsessions. The editing…

Why do you write? I really have no idea. It’s the one occupation that draws broadly enough across enough areas of interest that I don’t become bored. But who knows if that’s really the truth of it. What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them? I was really bad at writing….

Why do you write?  I write because I love writing. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. I think it’s because I always enjoyed reading fantasy and felt drawn into the story. There was a little bookshop near where I lived as a child. I discovered lay-by there. The Enid Blyton books were always…

Why do you write?  I write because I love writing. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. I think it’s because I always enjoyed reading fantasy and felt drawn into the story. There was a little bookshop near where I lived as a child. I discovered lay-by there. The Enid Blyton books were always…

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