I’m sharing the most recent feedback I’ve received on my yet-to-be-published contemporary YA novel The Space Between. The Space Between is the story of a girl whose life unravels after her best friend goes missing in mysterious circumstances. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I’m finding the process of pitching my … More Positive feedback for The Space Between – huzzah!
Waiting for feedback is a weird kind of limbo. My story is out with people – SEVEN people in fact. Probably too many but I figure some of them won’t manage to read it. And some of them it just won’t be their kind of story. But some of them hopefully will try to see … More Amazing and Terrifying – the theme for the week
This is the story of a story. I don’t know how it ends. In 2012 I had a miscarriage. The one shining knowledge that had come out of that dark experience was that whatever else happened in my life, I wanted to write. Earlier that year I’d started a ten months novel and scriptwriting … More Some things you just can’t let go
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
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.
Something wonderful happened this week. I wrote the climactic scene of the YA fantasy novel I’ve been working on since early last year. I’d had a bit of a break over Christmas and the New Year, eased into it again by reading from the very bumpy start of my first draft through all 107,000 … More Write to the end
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 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
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
As a preface, I wrote this on the bus on the way to and from work today. On the way home I was doing a quick edit and the guy behind me kept laughing. Well I don’t think what I’ve written is anywhere near funny enough to warrant persistent laughter that isn’t some form of … More Progress report #2 – the NaNoWriMo Prep Edition!