Hello! I thought I’d do something different today and post an unedited excerpt of my current WIP, a YA novel with the working title The A to Z of how to survive absolutely everything. I wrote this chunk today, on the first day of NaNoWriMo. My aim is to finish the first draft of A … More Work in progress: The A – Z of how to survive absolutely everything
Have you ever had a night like this? You’re tired but your friends drag you out anyway so you accidentally skip dinner and drink instead and you end up getting terribly drunk and doing one million embarrassing things that you will never live down so you burn with shame when you think of them, and … More On first drafts
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
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 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
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!
In 2013 I read this article ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’ by concert pianist, James Rhodes. His words have stayed with me. Rhodes writes: ‘We seem to have evolved into a society of mourned and misplaced creativity. A world where people have simply surrendered to (or been beaten into submission by) … More Is this supposed to hurt?
This week is mental health week here in Australia. There’s been a bunch of stuff happening at my work – free boxing and Pilates classes, posters up everywhere about committing to take time out for yourself, seminars on organisational awareness (whatever that means) and how to look after yourself if you’re caring or someone with … More This is how it is
You didn’t used to mean anything to me. You were a tired month of nothing in particular, the one that came before Christmas and the New Year. You were a month to be got through with the hope of holidays not too far off. By the time I reached you, the year had already gone … More Dear November, I love you