On Writing

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a rollercoaster at sunset. emotional rollercoaster

Like the Radletts in Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love I too live life in superlative, either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair. Maybe it’s just me. But I think a part of it is because I’m a writer. Or maybe I’m a writer because of it? Egg chicken. Chicken egg. Either way you boil it, being a writer is emotional. There are so many ups and downs—the trick is learning how to ride the emotional roller coaster*.

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cat with the shadow of a lion

There is a novel by German screen writer, Sascha Arango called The Truth and Other Lies. It’s basically a story about a best selling author who tries to get rid of his mistress when she threatens to tear the fabric of his carefully sewn life apart. Without giving too much away, in the novel, the main character’s wife, Martha is a different kind of writer. She is content to work on her stories and, once finished, put them away, never giving them another thought. She has the courage to be a writer.

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The plot thickens octopus typewriter

I haven’t blogged in a while. I want to say I’ve been really busy with new projects, (which is true) but there is really no excuse, I only have to read my own blog about the last absence I had from writing to see that.

That’s why I had to bring you guys something really special this week to get us all motivated on our writing journeys again. And what better way to do that than by looking at plot.

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10 fantastical worlds of literature I most want to visit

Over the past few weeks I’ve been helping to edit the fourth book in Wanda Wiltshire’s Betrothed series and I’ve loved getting lost in the universe of Faera. In fact, I’ve been immersed in the world for so long that the place feels as real to me as Earth. In celebration of Wanda allowing me to share in her fantasy realm, as well as the impending release of the third book in her YA fantasy series, Confused, I’ve decided to share with you my favourite fantastical worlds of literature.

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New Year's fireworks over Sydney Harbour and opera house

I used to think anyone who made New Year’s resolutions or goals they actually kept deserved a medal. But now I’m not so sure. Now I think anyone can do it—the problem for most of us is we sail into the new year with unrealistic expectations of ourselves and when we fail to start achieving we become disillusioned and give up all together. And it’s all because we place the focus on outcomes (eg I’m going to finish a novel) rather than aiming to change our behaviours gradually and meaningfully so we create good habits. That’s why we need to set realistic actionable goals in the first place. So here are some of mine for 2016.

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What to do when NaNo is over

Last Tuesday there was a collective sigh from writers all over the world. NaNoWriMo had come to an end and most of us survived—even if we were presenting with symptoms of zombification.

I know not everyone reached the 50,000 word mark, but that’s ok because the most important thing is you began. Facing the blank page is always the toughest part.