For Novel Rocket …

Hi Susan, Tari and the team from Novel Rocket.

I thought the best way to show you a selection of what I could do is put this page together on my site, and give you a range of blog posts that outline both what I can write, and how I can write.

A sample of my blog posts

That one small – but important – part of the roller coaster writing journey: The writing journey has been often described as a roller-coaster. Dizzying heights of seeing your name on a shelf  through to the depths of rejection by an agent, publisher or through a reader’s negative review. 2017 has definitely been that for me.

Learning from a marathon runner who hits the wall: Writers hit the wall too. Our lactic acid might be family time that encroaches on writing. Our muscle cramps could be the pull of work or church over writing. Or our energy burnout could be when our ideas or storylines just run out of petrol. Or we’re over halfway but just can’t seem to find a way to finish the book.

Americans: a first timer’s view: So why head to America? As an aspiring novelist – and finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest – that’s where my future marketplace is. That desire to break into a market on the other side of the world is what saw me walking The Broadway with new author friends from the USA and Canada, breathing in the heady aromas of a dozen BBQs to a soundtrack of bluegrass and 70s rock covers. And talking over coffees (some things are universal) with people from Indiana to Iowa.

The layers of the writer not the writing: I’ve embraced this advice and all of them have deepened my writing. But I’ve been challenged beyond this. There is another level of layering that really makes a story deeper and more engaging. It’s going deeper into the author.

Our writing leaves a legacy: This is more than writing. When we finish our manuscript, we are leaving a legacy that will outlive us and be enjoyed by people who may not yet part of the human race. That’s a special thing about what we do, and it’s important to remember, particularly in an age of fleeting tweets, half-thought-out posts and a tsunami of online information that sweeps away all the statements that came before it. Talk is cheap, but your stories are invaluable. So write on.

My recap of ACFW Conference 2016 (or another blonde Aussie hits Nashville and it’s not Keith Urban): Going to a Conference is about connection and networking, but it’s also about what you do with what you take away. So what did I learn?

  • That I have an accent. Apparently. But that’s okay, because everyone else has one too.
  • You know you’re on a long-distance flight when you wake from a good night’s sleep, only to find there are enough hours for another good night’s sleep before you land.
  • The food was great – burgers, ribs, mac and cheese, BBQ – everything you hear about American food was in Nashville. But USA serving sizes are less of a suggestion and more of a dare. I ordered a snack-sized nachos and it was as if Jesus Himself had blessed two corn chips and some salsa before feeding me plus 4,999 other diners.
  • Ted Dekker is on another level when it comes to writing – and he’s so inspiring. Once I got over the fanboi reaction of seeing Ted on stage in person, just listening to him reframe the whole process of writing was enough to make you go away and not just replan your WIP. You end up replanning your approach to writing.

A few ideas for you …

As I mentioned in my email, here are a few ideas I’d like to offer:

  • Writing for an American market … as an outsider
  • The challenges of being an international writer
  • Adding an Australian voice to Christian fiction
  • The treadmill and the holding pattern of your early manuscripts
  • Going back to writing school after 25 years of writing – re-learning writing for a new market in a different culture

Or I’d be happy to do some video-based blogs for you, if you thought that could benefit the Novel Rocket readership.

I’d be more than happy to provide you with anything further you’d like to see. If you’d like to get in touch, the best option would probably be david.rawlings@landmarkmedia.com.au

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards, David