I strongly believe that, if you’re ever going to write a book, let alone a decent book, you have to be willing to write a really, really shitty first draft. This is advice I read a few years ago and it’s stuck with me. I guess there’s a part of me that thinks: great, a … More On writing a shitty first draft
I live two blocks from a library. The year is hurtling towards its end. Work is frantic, my son has been teething, we’re broke and the house is in a continual state of chaos. Working on my novel has been feeling a bit like trying to dig through a hundred feet of concrete with a … More Rachel is recovering well after a week-long book binge
I spent three months in Paris in 2007, working on post-production of a documentary film that had joint French-Australian funding. I saw a band I love play at Bataclan while I was there – Bright Eyes. I went on my own – well, my partner was meant to be there too but he got caught … More Bataclan
1667 words per day. That’s the aim, if you’re signed up for nanowrimo. It doesn’t matter so much what those words are, just get them on the page. I’ve managed it in years past. A few days at that pace are okay, then it starts to burn. Soon it becomes a relentless push-push-push like riding … More Progress report #3 – How much is enough?
I took up yoga in the year 2000. I’d moved thousands of kilometres from home to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I wasn’t sure what I was doing there. I was still in shock from the colours and the smells: mangoes and frangipani trees everywhere, palms and ferns and flying foxes and black … More The shortest distance between here and there is most likely not a straight line
I didn’t used to have trouble with endings. I remember one of the first stories I wrote. I typed it up on an actual typewriter on our kitchen table and illustrated it by hand and took into school. I was maybe eight years old. I guess it was a homework assignment, or else I was … More She showed early promise
So this is what I see when I look out from my keyboard this morning. But guess what, it’s November 1! I’m ignoring it! I got some words to write! GOOD LUCK WRIMOS EVERYWHERE. May your dishes go unwashed, your bad tv unwatched, and may your stories fill your lives with wonder. xx