Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 Review.

I’ve never felt so alive. As an emerging writer who spends a lot of time interacting with other writers online, walking into a room full of people who share my passion for the written word is always a special treat. I’ve spent several days over the past two weeks at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 surrounded by thousands of readers and writers, and I can safely say that #MWF15  was a triumph of programming […]

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Thank you.

“Thanks.” It’s not something we’re encouraged to say a lot these days. The myth of the self-made person is quite pervasive in Western society, and the pressure to pull yourself up and succeed is immense. I was reflecting on how I’ve got to where I am now, and I want to pause and thank a few people. One of my colleagues made a comment to […]

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Novel Writing 7: Back on the Editing Wagon.

Back to it! Full disclosure: I am not a fan of editing. That’s fairly obvious if you read my Twitter feed, actually – my activity often spikes when I sit down for a heavy session of copy & narrative editing. However, I’ve come to a point where I need to get back into editing my novel manuscript, as I’ve now let it sit for a […]

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Novel Writing 6: The Next Chapter Cometh.

And so I plunge on through wind and snow, sleet and silence. That’s a dramatic way of saying the first draft of my next novel is springing to life. That’s not to say that I’ve finished work on my first novel, but I’ve decided to leave my previous work to stew for a couple of weeks while I get the next part of the story […]

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The Lull: A General Update.

The calm after the storm. July was a quiet month on the writing front for me. I spent the first half of the month twiddling my thumbs whilst waiting on beta readers to send me feedback on my manuscript, and then moved on to more detailed planning for my second novel. Even though July officially marked the one year anniversary of my entrance into the […]

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