Balancing Out A Writer’s Life
Squee: (verb) To squeal with glee
Do you squee? Or does it irritate you to the point that you loathe those who do? Believe it or not, but there are some who’d like to remove the word from the world’s vocabulary by decree!
But I still squee. And I believe it’s important to do so too. Let me tell you why…
Through great pain comes great art.
It’s a maxim I adhere to in my own writing. It’s also what I teach writers further behind me in their own writing journeys. If you can access the pain of your past (which we all have), and turn it into something beautiful / thrilling / entertaining, then I believe you’ve succeeded as a writer. You’ve vanquished old ghosts. You’ve cut your veins and bled them onto the page. You’ve reached inside and shared what you found there.
Of course, if you want to write great art all the time, this means Continue reading
How can I describe what it’s been like the last few days – being surrounded by 250 friends and like-minded people? The 52nd Natcon / Conflux 9 was just that. The layout of Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra, meant I could walk into any room, linger in any corridor, and be sure of finding someone to chat with soon enough. And you know how I like to chat!
Me, Alex Adsett (my FAB agent) & Jo Clay
Photo by Paul Landymore.
Discussions ranged from critiquing the latest Dr Who to imagining future Star Wars enterprises, from finding your voice as a writer to social media tricks. Secrets were shared with me, and I shared secrets back – the type I usually only set free during workshops! It was liberating, it was beautiful, it was… freedom. Continue reading
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