This blog post appeared in Suite T - the Southern Writers Magazine blog (http://southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/) in May 2019. When I sat down to write the manuscript that became my debut novel, I knew I wanted to write a story that packed a punch. A novel that would be more than a tale of escapism – it … Continue reading What I learned from writing a story that packs a punch
[This post first appeared on the LearnHowToWriteANovel.com web site] As writers, so much of our time can be focused on what we write. We identify with genres as a way to draw people to the style of our writing. We immerse ourselves in storylines that drive what we’re writing or editing. We throw around elevator … Continue reading What’s in your writing DNA?
BOOK VOUCHER COMPETITION!! I’ve got a problem – my book, The Baggage Handler, is on the shelves around the world, but I’m based here in Australia and I can’t see it! So … take a photo of The Baggage Handler in your local bookstore and post it to your own Facebook timeline. Tag me in, … Continue reading Go into the draw to one 1 of 2 $25 bookstore vouchers…
My debut novel launched yesterday. Among the tears, excitement, nerves and sense of satisfaction was a lesson that I’ve learned over the nine months it’s taken The Baggage Handler to go from Word document stored on my computer to an actual book I can hold in my hands. This is the lesson: how to balance … Continue reading How you handle feedback as a novelist?
So I did this author interview over at the Australasian Christian Writers blog. If you'd like to know why I'd love to have dinner with Sir Paul McCartney or why I visited Singapore 28 times, read on ... Welcome David to our blog today. We are going to have a little fun while we … Continue reading Author Interview – Australasian Christian Writers
What do you do with a story you love, but industry doesn’t? [This blog post first appeared on LearnHowToWriteANovel.com in February 2019]. My first manuscript was nominated for a number of fiction awards. Called Pastor Swap, it was a story of a reality TV guru taking his cameras to suburban churches. It never won any … Continue reading Walking away from your baby
[This blog post first appeared on LearnHowToWriteANovel.com in January 2019]. There was one vaudeville act that always fascinated me. It wasn’t the clowns, the guy juggling the swords or the lion tamer who managed to stick his head somewhere near his pet. The act that always fascinated me was the plate spinner. This was the … Continue reading The Writer and the Platespinner
[This blog post first appeared on LearnHowToWriteANovel.com in December 2018] The writing process can be easy to romanticize and even easier to describe. Find a laptop, and straighten it in front of you on the desk. Place your coffee mug just to the right – and make sure it carries a wrap-around slogan proclaiming your … Continue reading The benefits of writing out loud
I’ve heard since I started on this fiction writing journey that writers aren’t successful. The money is low, the sales aren’t less than you think, the fame is fleeting, if that, and the time you invest is something you never get back. (Except if you’ve got a surname like mine. People seem to think I’m … Continue reading My view of success changed with one email
Hi to all my followers, If you're just following the blog and not subscribed to my newsletter, you might be missing out on a chance for your name to appear in my next novel. I'm running a competition for subscribers - and all you need to do is enter the competition and make sure your … Continue reading To my blog followers … want your name in my next novel?