‘I could see her looking at me, as she readied herself to tell me about my overuse of weasel words in the nicest possible way. I felt my face tighten as I braced myself for the impact of her words.’ Or ‘She looked at me, ready to tell me about my overuse of weasel words.Continue reading “Weasel Words and Tips for Writers”
Lessons in how to pitch your book and get more author speaking engagements.
In January 2020 writers got together to raise over half a million dollars to support the bushfire appeals, and I made some new friends.
A million years ago (back at the turn of the century) when I was working as a research assistant at the University of New South Wales, one of my jobs was to write up the project findings into reports. I was sent with a tape recorder and notebook up the road to the Sydney Children’sContinue reading “Hearing the Voice of the Writer”
I do my writing in two shifts. I create new worlds and fictional characters during those dark, shadowy hours between 4 and 6.30am, and during the bright, daylight hours between 9am and 3pm I work on my blogs and other non-fiction endeavours. I even work in different rooms on my different forms of writing –Continue reading “Stocktake on Words – 2019”
If you grew up in Perth in the 1980s and 1990s, chances are you visited It’s A Small World.
I recently finished the first draft of a book set in Perth which spans three decades from the 1960s to 1980s. Many iconic locations form the backdrop of the book. How many do you remember? In my book, Cordelia and her friends start their degrees at the University of Western Australia in 1965. At theContinue reading “UWA Student Protests Stops Traffic”
In October 1968, Western Australia experienced its most devastating earthquake. The impact was far reaching and widespread.
I recently finished the first draft of a book set in Perth which spans three decades from the 1960s to 1980s. Researching this time frame has brought back many memories – how many do you share? For anyone who believes daylight saving was invented in the 1980s just to torture children, you may be surprisedContinue reading “The History of Daylight Saving in WA”
Writing the first draft of a novel is a bit like having a baby…