The Ampersand Prize is Australia and New Zealand’s premier award for unpublished writers of middle-grade and young adult fiction.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.
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.
*Sorry this is a day late, I got so absorbed in a book I was reading I forgot this post had to go up. Here’s this week’s quote. I found it very inspiring and hope it inspires you too. Happy Writing. “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” … More Writing Quote Wednesday.
I have discovered this great blog called The Write Life. It is full of great articles that are extremely helpful to writers. I want to share with you links to 3 articles that you might like to read. 1) What Does a Literary Agent Want to See When They Google You? 2) Querying Literary Agents: … More Writing Tip Wednesday: On Querying Literary Agents.
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.
I was reading some very good (and sometimes very funny) advice from writers over at The Guardian website and thought I’d share some of those useful writing tips I read. PD James says: ‘Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.’ She also suggests: ‘Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Advice Quotes.
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.
Sorry that this is late, I’ve been extremely busy lately and missed a few posts but I’m hoping to get back on track now. And because I’ve been extremely busy it got me thinking about how that can effect your writing. For those of us not lucky enough to have writing as our careers, writing … More (A late) Writing Tip Wednesday: Write 2 pages a day.
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.
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.