Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond

I was sitting in front of some uni students on the bus yesterday and listening to them talk. (I’m a writer! It’s called research!) They were having a conversation about grades, and one of them was saying how happy she was she’d finally broken through and gotten a High Distinction after a long string of … More Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond

Writer’s Envy

People talk a lot about writer’s block but they don’t talk so much about writer’s envy, which is surely something many writers struggle with. Oh there’s a lot of it around! For years, when I was trying to finish a novel to a point that I was happy with it, I ached with envy for … More Writer’s Envy

Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?

I was lying in bed this morning trying to remember the last young adult novel I read in which the main character didn’t have at least one dead or dramatically absent parent. I couldn’t think of one. Here’s my list of recent YA reading (mostly by Australian authors): Talk under water (which I just started) … More Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?


Every morning I check the news to see if the world’s ending. The funny thing is – that isn’t the first thing I do. It’s about the fifth. The order usually goes: Facebook. Email. Twitter. WordPress. Then ABC news for word on any impending apocalypse. Probably if the world was ending it would have been … More DON’T PANIC

We rearranged the furniture and maybe you should too

Like a lot of people, I don’t much like change. Particularly when it’s sprung on me without notice and for no apparently good reason, and when it involves work or other inconveniences on my part. So it wasn’t something I’d have ever thought to do, but yesterday afternoon, approximately an hour before people were due … More We rearranged the furniture and maybe you should too


It would suck being a writer and being an extrovert. Think about it – as a writer, your job description involves sitting for hours and hours alone, or as near to it as you can get, and writing. Interaction equals distraction equals procrastination equals no words equals failure as a writer. I’m sure there are … More Introversion

Banning the C-word

The C-word. It’s getting out of control. I’m using it twenty, thirty times a day. I’m using it when other words could take its place: better, more colourful, kinder words. I’m using it when I really don’t need to. One of the scariest things about being a parent is how your reflexes take over and … More Banning the C-word