filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

I’m so excited to be talking to Kate Forsyth today about how to make time to write a book. Most of you probably know that Kate has been a successful writer for years. She’s published books for children, books for adults, works of fantasy, historical fiction; she’s truly a diverse and well loved writer. I first saw Kate speak at the Australian Society of Authors National Congress last year and I was so inspired by her speech that I went straight out and bought her book, The Wild Girl, which I reviewed glowingly on Book Chat earlier this year. So,…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

It’s tempting to think that to write a book you need a shiny new laptop, or to indulge your love of stationery by buying a brand new notebook or pen, or a book about the craft of writing that will reveal all of the secrets of being a writer. But there are many writers who have the new laptop, the writing software, the writing book, a notebook and pen and still struggle to write. Of course, we know in our hearts that those things don’t make us writers. But what does? I believe there are only 6 simple things you…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Scrivener.

I’ve written before about my love of Scrivener. And just when I thought I couldn’t love it any more, I find out something else about the program that makes me swoon! I’ve been playing around with Scrivener’s Outliner and I’ve discovered that, especially for a non-planner like me, it’s an excellent tool for helping you create a fluid outline for your book right from the initial phase of having an idea. So, let me explain how to use Scrivener to plan a book. You Don’t Need to Be a Planner to Use Scrivener’s Outliner Ordinarily I don’t tend to plan,…

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filed under Book Chat Video Book Club, Book Reviews.

Hooray for Australian women writers! I’m talking about three fantastic Australian women writers in this month’s Book Chat, my online book club where anyone can join the fun. I’ll give you my opinion and a review of Dawn Barker’s second book Let Her Go; Brooke Davis’s much talked about debut Lost and Found; and Tara Moss’s first work of non-fiction, The Fictional Woman. I’m so pleased I chose these three books for this episode; when I choose the books to read for Book Chat it’s hard to know how they’re all going to work together. I think the great thing…

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filed under ebooks/apps, The Publishing Industry.

What do authors get paid? How do authors get paid? These are two questions I get asked a lot and the easy answer would be “Not much” to the first question and “Not often” to the second question! Indeed an article published recently in The Guardian seems to confirm both of these answers, and its headline offers us pity for our plight. It’s true that very few people can sustain themselves and their family from the profits of book writing alone. Most writers recognise this but write their books anyway because they love it. Also, the books we write can…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

I think one of the hardest things about being a writer is continuing to be inspired, to keep the faith, day after day, especially during “dry spells” when everything you send out gets rejected. Luckily I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately and have been having lots of success with short pieces, while I wait to hear back from my agent about my manuscript. But I know others haven’t been so lucky. With that in mind, I’ve put together A Writer’s Manifesto. What is a Writer’s Manifesto? It’s a statement of all the things that inspire me about…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

The lovely Allison Tait has invited me to be part of a “why I write and how I write” meme that’s doing the rounds on writers’ blogs at the moment. I’m going to answer all the questions, but in a slightly different way, by talking about how to fit writing into your life. Over the last week, I’ve had lots of people ask me how I fit everything in. So, I’ll give you 5 tips to help you do just that, based on my experience – I’ll open up the inner workings of my desk and show you what goes…

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filed under Book Chat Video Book Club, Book Reviews.

Welcome back book lovers! You might remember that this month I was reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Longbourn by Jo Baker. Are they great book club books? And was I as enamoured with The Rosie Project as the rest of Australia? Take a look at the video below to find out. I’m also talking about a favourite classic of mine that I think should be more widely read. It’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and I’ll let you know why I love it so much in the video below.   Next Month I’m Reading…

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filed under Writing Tips.

Famous writers like to talk about writing, as do not-so-famous writers like me! But there’s nothing like a great quote about writing from a writer we admire to give us the burst of inspiration we sometimes need to get us through writing our books. With that in mind, here are my favourite quotes by famous writers on writing. On Having the Mindset of a Writer On Being Disciplined as a Writer On the Craft of Writing And Finally, Some Humour … Which one is your favourite? Or, have I left one out that you have pinned to your computer? Please…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

Having sent my latest novel off to my agent a couple of weeks ago, I’ve enjoyed not writing anything. I’ve caught up on emails and admin but haven’t quite managed to do all my book-keeping—surely that can wait! But I have the urge to write again, to start the long and bumpy process of writing a first draft of a novel, based on an idea I’ve had in my head for months. I’m still warming up though; I need a new notebook, I need to tidy my desk, I need to wait for one of the days when my 4…

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