Novel-in-progress update

It’s three years since I first started thinking about my new novel which I’m close to finishing.  There’s been quite a few potholes to navigate along the way. Instead of my usual female protagonist I chose a male lead of Scottish descent and named him Ross Grant. Then I decided to track his life for [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|A WRITERS LIFE, Writing advice|4 Comments

Writing update – Novel no. 9

You would imagine that with eight novels behind me I would slide into the writing of number nine with ease. Practice, an understanding of the fundamentals and an itching to get to know new characters should be enough to spur me on but this book has come slowly. Now nearly 80,000 words on and not [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|A WRITERS LIFE, Writing advice|2 Comments

Talking history & writing at Gleebooks

Recently I was invited to chat briefly about my work at Gleebooks in Sydney. The idea behind this video series is to showcase the Sydney Mechanics School of the Arts (SMSA). It's Australia's oldest lending library having started way back in 1833 when reading was high on the list when it came to entertainment, for [...]

Where stories come from and why they matter to you.

Where does a story come from? Each of us has own own personal story. A series of moments made up of triumph and tragedy. If we look back at our lives we can link each step together and sometimes we can understand how we got to where we are today. Sure some of it is [...]

By | January 20th, 2018|A WRITERS LIFE, Opinion, Writing advice|5 Comments

Steve Rossiter visits to talk about ‘Novel Writing Retreats Australia’.

About Novel Writing Retreats Australia, by Steve Rossiter   Thank you to Nicole for having me here on her site. Some of you may know me, or at least know of me, as the person behind The Australian Literature Review (www.auslit.net), Writing Novels in Australia (www.writingnovelsinaustralia.com), Writing Historical Novels (www.writinghistoricalnovels.com) and Writing Teen Novels (www.writingteennovels.com). [...]

By | September 3rd, 2013|A WRITERS LIFE, Inspiration, Writing advice|0 Comments

Lisa Heidke visits to talk inspiration, character ideas & swingers!

One of the great things about being a writer is that you get to meet a whole lot of other great authors. Lisa Heidke lives a good eight hundred kilometers south of me however thanks to today's technology (which as a bushie I'm supremely grateful for) she's literally visiting me today! www.lisaheidke.com With the release [...]

By | March 1st, 2012|A WRITERS LIFE, General, Inspiration, Writing advice|0 Comments

The Voice Of A Story: Point Of View.

Welcome to week three of Writing Fundamentals. For those of you who are new to the craft of writing, I really hope I’ve opened a window into this exciting world. For readers who are old hands perhaps you’ve been reminded of some technical aspects that may be worth considering in future works. During the last [...]

By | February 23rd, 2012|A WRITERS LIFE, Industry Info, Inspiration, Writing advice|0 Comments

The task of turning a raw manuscript into a published novel.

Editing is one of those processes that can be time-consuming, hair-pulling, enjoyable, go outside and put your head in a bucket of water or a mixture of all four. The editing of Absolution Creek (like the writing of it) has been stalled intermittantly once again by mother nature. With 130 pages to go this edit has been [...]

Writing Fundamentals 2. The Heart of A Story.

The Heart of A story: Characters & Conflict. Why are characters so important in writing, because they literally pull the reader through the book. That’s why it’s so vital to have a compelling main character. When I think of memorable characters Scarlett O’Hara comes immediately to mind. There is a reason why Gone With The [...]

By | February 14th, 2012|A WRITERS LIFE, Inspiration, Writing advice|0 Comments

Stephen King does it…

Ebooks are the current vogue. This became very apparent to me at Christmas when my elder brother gave his nine year old son a kindle reader. Sitting cross-legged on the floor beside my excited nephew, I was unwrapping books! 'Great,' I said to my brother, 'there's a writer in the family and you're buying portable [...]

By | July 28th, 2010|Writing advice|0 Comments
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