‘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
In January 2020 writers got together to raise over half a million dollars to support the bushfire appeals, and I made some new friends.
Have you ever had the experience where you read something, and think ‘Oh my God. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. That person must know me. We must be, like, TWINS.’I have that experience on a fairly regular basis when I read a column by Perth writer Ros Thomas, every Saturday morning in the … Continue reading I Don’t Think I Am a Stalker
In the not so distant past I attended the 'Writing Dramatic Dialogue' class run by author John Harman. I had hoped that it would help me limber up my writing muscles: what I didn’t realise is that it would give me licence to kill – in the literary sense that is. John started by telling us: … Continue reading Machiavellian Bastards
Tonight I went to the first Perth catch-up of the Australian Writers' Centre. It was rather late notice, but 22 Perth writers found themselves in the middle of the city on a Friday night, in a reluctant circle, drinking wine. We were a mixed bag. Young, old, novelists, ex-journos, bloggers. Published, unpublished. Enthusiastic. Jaded. Like … Continue reading I Write, Therefore I Am