Writing Residencies: Timing, Planning & Stars Aligning
Well, it’s a long time since I’ve blogged. I haven’t had much to say! I’ve been locked down, head down, or writing down the bones of my manuscript as Natalie Goldberg would say in her excellent writing book of the same name. For the past week and a half, I’ve … Read More
HNSA Colleen McCullough Writing Residency
Winning a writing residency is a huge honour; the value of time to fully immerse in one’s work-in-progress immeasurable. Winning the inaugural HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency for an Established Author gifted me the most fabulous, productive, idyllic week on Norfolk Island. Can it only be just weeks ago when … Read More
No Small Shame – The Dreaded Edit
The dreaded round one edit for my novel wasn’t so bad! After all! I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first novel-length edit. My previously published work has either been short fiction for children that I can truthfully say had very few changes made to the words, or short … Read More
The Writer is In!
Late last year I fell off the horse – figuratively speaking! Of course! After months of head down, unrelenting focus on trying to get down the first draft of my WIP, one day in early November, I suffered a complete crisis of confidence over where my story was going. And … Read More
Month of Writing Wrap
My Month of Writing is over. Yay! I achieved my goal of adding 25,000-words to my manuscript and met my deadline last Friday 31st August at 7.29pm. (Then I collapsed with exhaustion! And wine!) I only exceeded my goal by a miniscule 93 words but I’m really pleased with the … Read More
Month of Writing
Today I begin a “Month of Writing”. A writing retreat if you like with a fixed deadline and word count aim. But it’s all self-imposed and self-inflicted! And necessary. Of course I would love to go off on a fully-fledged writing retreat in some idyllic setting, meals laid on and … Read More
Permission to Write Crap and Crap on!
It’s time for me to get back to blogging, but, from now on, without always spending hours researching or pedantically connecting all my posts to serious writing subjects, which takes away from real, actual writing time. At the beginning of a new novel project real writing is top of my … Read More