• Dreamer Series: Vanessa Carnevale and The Memories That Make Us

    And here starts a new series. I have some pretty amazing writer friends and they’re all doing amazing and wonderful things that make my inner cheerleader flip through the air, one of those amazing friends is Vanessa Carnevale. Vanessa and I met through an online blogging course we did and when we realised we were both writing coaches and writing books we clicked, but really she invited me onto her podcast first and things went from there. I was lucky enough to have the chance to see some early pages of The Memories that Make Us, so I have been so excited to see this process come to fruition. And getting…

  • The Florentine Bridge

      I feel like I may be a bit of biased when it comes to this gorgeous book, mostly, because my friend, Vanessa Carnevale wrote it. It’s totally fine to toot the trumpet for your friend, isn’t it? I was lucky enough to get to work with Vanessa early last year and was with her on the tail end of her journey to get this amazing book signed with a publisher. She is an amazing and wonderful lady and I couldn’t be more proud of her, but that’s enough for the mush, let’s get into this amazing book. I have had the pleasure of being able to read some of Vanessa’s writing…

  • Writing it Out: Some Healthy Advice

    Since writing the short story, I’ve been trying to get my novel back on track. I’ve been trying to set myself small goals. 500 words here, 800 words here. It seems that only in times of transit (I’ve been to Bendigo and I’m currently back in Adelaide for a few weeks) I’ve reached over 1000 words. I’m just not feeling the writing and I had been stuck on various bits of my novel and the words are just not coming out. I’m too hard on myself. I know that I am and it’s not something that is going to change. It’s just my nature but instead of actually forcing myself…

  • It’s Time to Build a Great Short Story

    Last week I wrote about being museless, today I’m hear to tell you, my lovely dreamers, that I wrote a short story. Last night I crept out of my room, fed up with my brother’s snoring (seriously how the hell can he keep it up ALL night?) I started up my laptop, lit a few candles and went through my hard drive for a starter and found two I liked. I picked one that pulled me a little more intense and started writing. I didn’t really know where it was going but it ended up being a short story from a different book with a character whom I had no…

  • Staying Positive When It Comes to Rewriting

    I thought that I’d have this down. I thought that writing my second draft would be easy.  I thought I could stay positive when I started the rewrite. I was wrong. So, so, soooo wrong. I was cocky and expectant. I thought that by now I’d surely be able to finish it and be ready and raring to go for more edits. Did you know that only 5% of an a first draft makes it into the second? Five per cent. Do you know how terrifying that actually is? This novel has been a work in progress for 12 years from it’s conception as an idea I had in year 9.…

  • A Stickler for Rules

      So I never realised that I was a stickler for rules until I was coerced into reading a book for uni. It was a Cormac McCarthy novel that I’m refusing to name because I just…it infuriated me to read it. I didn’t actually get to finish it because of my course load and the fact that I just blatantly hated it. Hating a book has always made it hard for me to read something from cover to cover (indifference too, I will not, nor will I ever read LoTR, sorry guys). But the story was engaging, it was Cormac McCarthy, of course it was engaging, but it was the…

  • Talking to Characters

    So today is the start of a new week, one where I’m committing myself to getting back on top of my blog schedule. I was feeling burnt out because I was trying to do too much, again. I really need someone to come and clobber me over the head to tell me to stop doing that. I keep doing it. Damn. Today I had schedule time to do some rewriting of my novel before finishing up some B-School fun sheets but my creativity seemed to take a hold of the day and not let up. I’m totally okay with letting it do this. It’s been a while since I’ve been able…

  • The fun stuff

    So I mentioned that getting through that first edit was like being in a dentists chair, yeah? I’ve got more to add, but this time I promise it’s good! I started something new with my process. Editing a short story is easy, it’s all about tightening, stripping and repainting the picture until it’s right. It’s the same with something longer only you have to keep up the same stamina through the entire length. This has been the most challenging thing for me, because on a whole, my manuscript is huge (close to 95,000 words). I don’t have any experience doing this as a huge whole thing. It’s not like they…

  • With All My Soul

    I’ll be the first person to toot this author’s horn. Rachel Vincent is AMAZING. She’s so good that she needs caps. I picked up her first book, Stray, while I was at Flinders and fell in love with her words, her worlds and just her. I didn’t know that she had more books come out after it. So when I found out later that she had released 3 more books I devoured them whole. I fell in love with her writing even more and slowly, bit by bit, I got through book after book. It’s not a secret, to my friends or most of old classmates, that I love her.…