filed under ebooks/apps, How To Get Published.

I’m the first to admit I know very little about self-publishing. But I’m fascinated by the potential, by the stories of success, by the stories of failure. What’s real? What’s the truth? How easy is it, really? Enter Annabel Smith. Annabel has published 2 books the traditional way, and her new book, The Ark, is self-published. What better way to compare self-publishing versus traditional publishing than by speaking to someone who’s done it all. Over to Annabel, who’s written this great overview of the pros and cons of both avenues. Introducing Annabel Smith The advent of self-publishing on a mass scale…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

So we all know that we don’t need writing tools; the only way to write a book is to sit down and write the thing. Procrastination and Twitter are things we should avoid as writers, and our most meaningful writing tool is time to write. Right? Perhaps not. I’ve had a big realisation this week. I’ve been focussing so much on writing time that I forgot about the preciousness of thinking time. If I cast my eye over my monthly planner, I can see no thinking time scheduled in. Everything else is covered: blogging, writing books, teaching, my PhD, an…

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Every so often, an article is published that sets fear into the heart of writers. The article will point the finger at the digital age and blame it for a range of issues confronting writers. Some recent articles are: Val McDermid’s statement that she would be a failed novelist if she’d started today, because writers are expected to have big first or second books and publishers are no longer patient with the writer who takes more time to find their feet Lionel Shriver outlining in hilarious detail exactly what is expected of a successful author these days, which mostly isn’t writing;…

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filed under How To Write A Book, Writing Tips.

Redrafting and rewriting a book are stages of the writing process that don’t seem to get as much attention as they deserve. I love rewriting a book because it’s means I’ve finished with the uncertainty of the first draft. I finally know what the story is and now I can focus on making it better. So, given the popularity of my infographic about writing first drafts, I’ve created an infographic about redrafting and rewriting. 1. Take a Break Pull up a palm tree and read a good book. Take a break from your manuscript after you finish the first draft.…

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filed under Scrivener.

Transform Your Writing Process With Scrivener In early 2013, I began writing my third book. I found myself increasingly frustrated with the limitations of Word. It was tiresome to cut and paste and move scenes around, and difficult to experiment with the structure of my story. I had things all over the place: notes in several notebooks, ideas on dozens of scraps of paper, an outline scribbled somewhere else, research photos and documents in separate locations. I wanted a way to bring everything together, to transform my writing process from something messy, disorganised and frustrating to something fast, effective and…

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filed under Book Chat Video Book Club, Book Reviews.

I’ve travelled some diverse terrain in this month’s Book Chat. From Mount Everest, to 17th century Amsterdam, into the trenches of the first world war, and across to a shearing shed in WA’s North-West. I read two first novels in Justin Go’s The Steady Running of the Hour and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. One of these was my favourite book this month because I really did escape into the world created in its pages. Which one? Well, you’ll have to watch Book Chat to find out! And even though I thought Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing was a very…

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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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