You Call Yourself a Writer?

I was at a party recently, chatting with a man about his career and how he came to be where he’s at now. For years, he’d had an office job, travelling throughout New South Wales, training newbies in his field. He hated it. In his spare time, he took photos, and a photographer-friend had asked him to assist with a wedding he was shooting. After this experience, and knowing this is where he found happiness, he said goodbye to the office and started his own photography business, which he still oper...
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This message will self-destruct …

Ever had an awful, sinking feeling, that you’re just not good enough? That everyone else is doing this writing gig, so much better than you? Best-selling story ideas, publishing deals, book releases, fancy awards, more publishing deals, book relea … you get the picture. Everywhere you turn, there’s someone awesome. Doing their awesome thing of being, well… awesome. Social media is a great tool for self-deprecation. If you’re looking for a way to slam that last nail in your ‘I’m not good en...
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The Power

How do you write through personal hardship? How do you stay motivated? Focused? Hopeful? Passionate? Creative? If there’s one thing I’ve discovered as a writer, it’s the ‘power-through’ attitude. From the personal and professional goals of daily writing and coming up with new and inventive story ideas, to editing, meeting deadlines, marketing and promotion, and business administration. In a field where so much of your soul is required to function professionally, how do you overcome or ‘power-...
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Crowdfunding PART TWO: Tips for campaign set-up and success

Please click here to revisit Crowdfunding PART ONE: What is it and why should creatives consider it? Now that I had decided to crowdfund my first picture book, I had to make some important assessments and decisions. Which platform should I utilise and why? How likely am I to succeed in raising the funds required? What rewards would be appealing for those who pledge? How can I make my campaign stand out online? When should I launch the campaign? How can I reach a wide audience with news about ...
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Crowdfunding PART ONE: What is it and why should creatives consider it?

Last month, I wrote about finding the 'one'; an illustrator who brings your words to life. You can read it, here. The next step in my journey was confirming finance of book production and how to create awareness of my work and its impending release. I'd recalled several colleagues over the years, utilising crowdfunding for their creative projects (and with great success!). The concept was still new to me, but intriguing nonetheless, so I spent months thoroughly researching the history of cr...
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Finding ‘The One’

How do you know when you've found 'The One'? Readers, you haven't mistakenly visited a dating site. 'The One' I'm referring to, is an illustrator. That wonderfully, talented creator, ready and willing to marry your words with faithful, kind and nurturing artistry. Imagery that makes your text sing, shout, giggle and shows more of your story than even you realised was there. I've never been a big believer in falling in love at first sight, but the day I 'met' my illustrator (we're still ye...
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The Journey Begins

Following several rides on The Giant Drop, I took a rather giddy step back. It felt as though the manuscripts I’d submitted were starting to turn on me. ‘Oh, you think we’re so good. You think you’ll be turning publishers away with all the attention we’ll bring. You think your books will be up in literary lights… think again! We’re nothing, but wish-wash! You’ll never have your name on a book if we’re all you have to offer!’ Ah, the old seed of self-doubt, angrily sprouting away. Wondrous, is...
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The Giant Drop

Many times, I’ve been told the writing game is an emotional roller coaster ride. Ups, downs, hill climbs, racing downhill, loop-the-loops… From my experiences, I’m more inclined to match it to The Giant Drop; one of Dreamworld's 'Big 9 Thrill Rides', particularly the vulnerability of submitting manuscripts to publishers. Note: If The Giant Drop is unfamiliar to you, please click here. :-) Stage One: Emotional preparation AKA plucking up courage Six months in the making and my story is complete...
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A Happy Place

What brought you to writing? Has it been a life-long dream to see your stories in print? Is it a fresh career change? A creative path you’ve been encouraged to follow? Since a young age, I’ve had the desire to create. From stories to songs, poems to plays, writing was my escape; my ‘happy place’. :) As an adult, my escape became a little distant. Life got in the way – I’m sure we can all relate. My love for writing remained, but ideas lacked, and creating was rarely executed. I didn’t realise ...
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