General Ramblings, Writing tricks

5 ways to clear your path to publication

Recently I wrote a piece for an online writer’s group about how I finally achieved a publishing contract for my novel, The Night Village (out in August). It is easy to see the path to publication in retrospect, and to polish over the missteps and times when it was barely visible, or so cluttered with… Continue reading 5 ways to clear your path to publication

Writing tricks

Why leaving a place is good for your writing

‘My dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through Immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner.’… Continue reading Why leaving a place is good for your writing

Writing tricks

Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional

It came as quite a shock to me that there are writers who dedicate a set amount of time every single week to writing applications for grants, residencies and funding. And I can see why – who doesn't want time and space and money to write? – so I was really happy to find out… Continue reading Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional

Writing tricks

Writing workshop: using place names in your writing

When writing prose, it's easy to get stuck on the mechanics of the story – who is speaking? Was the baby asleep in the last scene? Could it really be dusk already? .... and the writing itself can sometimes feel secondary, just a means of getting your characters from A to B. So turning up… Continue reading Writing workshop: using place names in your writing