Dear fantastic, lovely, wonderful followers and readers, I have been nominated for the Best Australian Blog Award 2013, and now is the time to vote for me in the people’s choice round. There are over 1000 entries in this round, and competition is tough, so I need your help. YOU CAN STILL VOTE EVEN IF … More Think my blog is good? Vote for me in the best Australian blog awards.
Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Saturday where I shine the light on an Australian book I think is worth the read. Today I am shining the spotlight on ‘Unlucky Break’ by Kate Forster. And this is the second book I have read for my Australian women writers challenge. The Synopsis: Andie Powers has a one-way … More Spotlight Saturday: Review ‘Unlucky Break’ by Kate Forster. (AWW2013)
To be a writer, one must write, it is what writers do. You will start off with an idea, and then you’ll start to write, and if you want to have a completed story in the end then you have to keep writing, and if you keep writing you will eventually have that first draft … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Keep Writing.
Sometimes as readers we can get upset about choices characters make, or when characters die, or how a book ends. We scream in frustration, pull at our hair, throw the book (hopefully not) and curse the writer for doing that to a character. But here is something non-writer readers may not understand. Characters take on … More A Word on Characters: To a reader from a writer.
Aussie Writers get your manuscripts ready the Australian/Vogel Literary Award has now opened. If you are Australian and under 35, and have a manuscript between 30,000 and 100,000 words, then you can enter. Entry costs $25 and the prize is a publishing contract with Allen and Unwin. You need to submit your manuscript, a one … More the Australian / Vogel’s Literary Award 2014
I hate when a book series ends. I feel all hollowed out inside when I close the last book in a series, all sad and mournful, no matter how good the ending was. I invest my heart, and feelings, and my time in the characters in a series and I connect with them and love … More When a series ends.
Welcome to this week’s Writing Tip Wednesday, today I want to focus on characters. When I look at why I love the books I do it always comes back to one thing: the characters. Characters are so important, they are what make your story. You need to get your reader invested in your characters so … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Getting to Know Your Characters.
Down by the Secret Waterhole. (c)Rochelle Sharpe 2013. “This way,” Luke says, ducking into the surrounding bush. I follow close behind, nerves fluttering in my stomach. Luke knows where he is going, his family has spent heaps of holidays at this caravan park, where as this is my first time. I was completely dreading this … More Short Story: Down By The Secret Waterhole.
I have just added a new page to this blog, Open Submissions, this is where I’ll be posting places you can submit your stories to that I have heard about. They will mainly be for short story comps, anthologies and magazines. So far I have posted about 2 opportunities that are available: 1) The Carmel … More I just added a new page: Open Submissions
Welcome to this week’s Writing Tip Wednesday. Today I want to focus on proper manuscript formatting. Most publishers and agents and magazines will detail how they want you to format your manuscript in their guidelines, which you should find on their websites. I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow these guidelines – … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Manuscript Formatting.