Dear Mr Hemingway

‘There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at your typewriter and bleed.’ Ernest Hemingway.   I try for blood but sometimes I can’t find the vein. Or I nick something and ooze green, as though I am descended of insect-kind and not a person at all. Some days writing is more … More Dear Mr Hemingway

Whose story is this anyway? Explorations in voice Part 2: First person narrators

In a previous post I talked about the importance of voice in fiction. Today I wanted to talk more about one particular narrative choice: first person narrator. The big ‘I’.  A choice for beginner writers? I’ve heard it said that first person POV is often popular with beginner writers. Assuming this is true, I’d guess … More Whose story is this anyway? Explorations in voice Part 2: First person narrators

Book Review: Skin Deep by Gary Kemble

Part haunting, part political-thriller, Skin Deep is a fast-paced, gritty, and sometimes bloody story of vengeance.   Harry Hendrick is a reporter for a local Brisbane newspaper. His girlfriend has recently left him, he’s been in the same job way too long, he’s feeling lost and a little sorry for himself when his life begins to … More Book Review: Skin Deep by Gary Kemble

The Zero Draft: a big messy word-web for catching ideas

  As an extension of the need to ‘write a shitty first draft’, I have found the concept of a ‘zero draft’ one of the most freeing and useful tools I have as a writer. Here’s how it works: Maybe you have a plan. Maybe you just have a vague concept. Maybe the voice of … More The Zero Draft: a big messy word-web for catching ideas

‘This week in tears’: a Special Post to Celebrate the Joys of having a Toddler with Three Molars coming through Simultaneously and also a mild Viral Infection.

THESE ARE ALL TRUE. His week in tears: This truck does not fit in the back of that truck. Mummy will not let me pour water into her shoe. There is garlic mayo on Mummy’s felafel. (Mummy’s note: Fair call, I made the mayo myself with fresh garlic and it was pretty fierce). Magnetic repulsion … More ‘This week in tears’: a Special Post to Celebrate the Joys of having a Toddler with Three Molars coming through Simultaneously and also a mild Viral Infection.