What embarrassing secrets have I got hidden in my ‘rejection file’? Why writers should keep records of their submissions | Shannon Meyerkort
“So my decision to write a book about the pandemic might be seen as a very unpopular one. Especially since it’s been only six months since the first mention of a novel corona virus and we haven’t yet reached the peak.”
When I’m immersed in writing a book, I tend to utilise the wee, dark hours when there’s little chance of being disturbed or taken out of the world I am creating. I may change screens to research a quick fact, or display images that evoke a mood or scene I am writing, but I tryContinue reading “Writing the Time of COVID-19”
I admit this isn’t an original idea, but it’s a very good idea. First someone decided to rewrite the first lines of ten classic novels for social distancing. I’m taking the liberty of rewriting the opening lines from 25 of my favourite Australian novels for the Time of COVID-19. Apologies to all concerned. InvisibleContinue reading “The First Lines of Australian Novels Rewritten for COVID-19”
‘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”
Writing the first draft of a novel is a bit like having a baby…