The Ampersand Prize Opens Tomorrow.

  The Ampersand Prize is Australia and New Zealand’s premier award for unpublished writers of middle-grade and young adult fiction. Created by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2012, the Ampersand Prize has launched the careers of numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed authors including Melissa Keil (Life in Outer Space), Erin Gough (The Flywheel), Cally Black (In … More The Ampersand Prize Opens Tomorrow.

Writing Quote Wednesday.

Found these two little gems on twitter yesterday, posted by @erinbowbooks & @PSLiterary, and thought I shared them with you: “I suppose half of writing is overcoming the revulsion you feel when you sit down to it.” -Flannery O’Connor. “Don’t let a single day go by without writing. Cause even garbage eventually becomes compost with … More Writing Quote Wednesday.

Being A Writer.

People sit down and try to write a novel for a lot reasons. For some it is a compulsion that they’ve had since childhood, others just to see if they can. For a lot of people there is a misguided perception that it’s easy. Because I’m telling you, it’s not. Not easy to write a … More Being A Writer.

Writing Tip Wednesday: Retrieving files accidentally deleted.

Every writer knows how important it is to save their work. That you need to save it on your computer and then back it up on another device (for me a USB). You need to save your work when you have finished your writing session, but you should also constantly be hitting save during your … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Retrieving files accidentally deleted.

Writing Tip Wednesday: Resubmitting Your Stories. A Letter To Women Writers.

Dear Women Writers, There are a lot of women out there who write short stories, I am one of them, and if you are reading this, you probably are too. I am writing especially to you today because I want to encourage you to not only submit to magazines, but to RESUBMIT to magazines. Whether … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Resubmitting Your Stories. A Letter To Women Writers.

Writing Tip Wednesday: The First Sentence/Page/Chapter.

I have been thinking a lot about first sentences/pages/chapters lately. I think the closer you get to being ready to submit your manuscript, the more you start to think about this in particular. You realise just how much weight that first page/s carry. You need to be able to hook readers in straight away. Some … More Writing Tip Wednesday: The First Sentence/Page/Chapter.