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Down the Rabbit Hole I Go…

In Books, Crime & Mystery Writer, Tasmania, Writing on June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

The writing marathon starts tonight, at Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre. I’m going to attempt to write 30,000 words in about 30 hours – with a group of strangers. It’s a national thing, and is, like all my favourite things, COMPETITIVE!

We have an exciting weekend ahead of us! Teams in Melbourne, Brisbane and online will be watching the Tasmanian contingent closely! We’ve got a full house with a waiting list – so if you’re having second thoughts let me know early.

Participants in all states and online will be staying in touch via Twitter and Facebook. In these spaces you can update your word-counts as well as encouraging (or dissing) the other teams. If you tweet about the Rabbit Hole, don’t forget to include the #rabbithole and #ewf12 hashtags. To keep in touch via Facebook, join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341870419210286/

Twitter? What’s that?

Anyway…

Here are two of my favourite posts on writing lo-o-ong…

How to Write 300,000 Words in 1 Year by Chris Guillebeau

How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford

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The Pros (and Cons) in Being Your Own Book Publisher

In Books, Career, Crime & Mystery Writer, Writing on March 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

If you’re interested in publishing your own books – and avoiding the middle man – I’d recommend a read of indie author Susan Kiernan-Lewis’ blog. Her latest post on being savvy about the pitfalls of self-publishing is a good one. I enjoy her straight-talking style (she works in advertising, as I do) and the new angle she puts on the business of being an author, and the fact that she’s both pragmatic and passionate about pursuing her book-publishing dream.

3 Things Every Writer Must Say

In Career, Freelance, Writing on January 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

There are a squillion words written on how to be a writer, and how to get published. But the truth is scarily simple – which is why most people don’t realise what it is…

This advice from the incredibly successful Sandra Reynolds (blogger turned cookbook writer) is priceless – whether you want to blog or write a novel.

Sandra says of her success (I’ve bolded the 3 unforgettable things you must communicate):

“I simply wrote about what I knew. As it turned out, the single best thing I ever did was simply being honest with my readers.

This is who I am.

These are my circumstances.

This is what I know.

Any good writer will tell you that every good story starts with those three pillars.”

Thanks to my colleague and friend Allison Tait at Life in a Pink Fibro, for the interview with Sandra on ‘Becoming a Cookbook Writer’ (read it, it’s great).

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