Novelist Cory Taylor (Me and Mister Booker and My Beautiful Enemy) was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005, just before her fiftieth birthday. In December 2014, she suffered a seizure and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. She had to face the obvious – that death was not far away. On the eve of two…

WRITING a novel is like running a marathon. You have to be prepared to stick with it despite the pain. You have to keep running the whole course for however long it takes. Finishing a novel could take one year, two years, five. When I hear about writers who have spent ten years writing their latest…

BACK when I was just a no-name kid from a patch of sand in Queensland, I had big dreams of making it as a writer. I wanted to be the kind of author who inspired other aspiring writers to create something meaningful. Penning stories about overcoming adversity, nature versus humans, and (of course, because I was…

Writing a book is hard – mentally, emotionally, physically. It means digging in and sticking at it until you get to the final line of that story. For most of us, it’s more a marathon than a sprint. And now you’ve finished! Hooray for you! Stop. Look around. Celebrate (champagne never goes out of style)….

I’ve been told (often) how lucky I am to get my debut novel, Frankie, published. And I am. Very lucky. The chances of having the right story at the right time read by the right editor in the right publishing house are astronomical. But in reality, luck plays a fleeting cameo in the drama that…

Why is it that some writers need a series to tell a story while others take only a single volume? How do you know how many books it will take to tell your story? The answer is different for every writer, but for me, the key to writing a series is understanding why it needs…

What’s your favourite Australian TV drama? That’s the question I eventually ask any screenwriter who comes into the Matchbox office. Why? Because, that’s what they’re here to write, right? Unfortunately, the look I usually get after I ask this tells me they don’t really want to write Australian TV drama — they want to write…

EVERYONE writes books in different ways. But sometimes, if you’re stuck or unsure, it can help to look at another writer’s process and steal the bits that you think might work for you. With that in mind, I’ve outlined my writing process here—it’s the process I’ve used to write all four of my books so it…

I’VE met hundreds of people who tell me they’d like to write a book. But most of them never do. The first thing I always ask my writing students is: ‘Do you want to be the person who has tried to write a book, or the person who always looks back on the idea of…

I teach workshops on performance poetry and The Moth-style storytelling, so I’m always telling people to get off the page. Memorise your piece, look up, connect with the audience! Write something visceral, rhythmic, easy to remember! However, doing readings at festivals and literary events often means performing something that wasn’t written for performance. If you’re…

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