Category: Words

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Nanowrimo templates for Scrivener, paper and Excel

In the course of Getting My Shit Together (GMST) for the Nanowrimo 2017 challenge ahead, I’ve created a few templates. Everyone knows that no real project can begin until you’ve visited the stationery shop. And so it is with Nanowrimo. I went out last week and stocked up on post-its...

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Writer chit chat – Myfanwy McDonald

There’s a lot to like about Myfanwy McDonald. First off, she’s in my club – her first and last initials are the same! Let’s face it, always a win. Myfanwy is also an Australian writer, crafter and general all-round cool bird. I spoke with her earlier this year when we...

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Printing pleasures

There’s lots of things to love about living in a country like Croatia. And one of my favourite things is printing. Yes, printing. No one likes to own a printer. They’re expensive and they die after about 45 minutes, and the cartridges never really work, and they are just in...

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Kicking off

I just had a writing master class with Jacob Ross, courtesy of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was an amazing session, made me realise what was wrong with two of my stories I’m working on. It also made me realise what I already know, some of it intrinsically. None of which...

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Needs more

I’m editing my manuscript at the moment. Ha! Manuscript. That’s a fancy word for a very, very, very rough first draft. Well, I must call it something, so why not that? Anyway, each night I take a beer and a pen and I sit with my pile of paper and...

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What the…? No books!

I was just taking a look at Goodreads and I’ve discovered that I didn’t read a single book in October, and I’m on track to not read any in November as well. Does this ever happen to you? I was on a roll. Not that reading books is a trackable...

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The difference punctuation makes

We all know that punctuation matters. What’s that old story? Grammar and punctuation are the difference between: “Let’s eat Grandpa!” and “Let’s eat, Grandpa!” Sometimes, all it takes is a paragraph mark. I wrote a poem some time ago about a man and a boat. An opportunity came up recently...

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On using your fingers, at all times, correctly

Each morning I sit down to journal, just for 3 pages, no more. Anything more is indulgence. I start from the realm of dreams and sit, bleary-eyed, at my desk, hot cup of tea in hand, in my right hand, my writing hand. It makes it hard to write, sometimes....

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Writing: a status update

So one of the reasons I’m hanging out here in Europe is so I can work on my writing career. Ha! Career! Anyway, writing is tough and making money from writing is even tougher. Here, then, is a quick reflection on what I’ve learned, lost and succeeded at over the...