Category: The Writing Life

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Camp Nanowrimo Winner

You may be familiar with Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month – which takes place in November each year. It’s a challenge that sees hundreds of thousands of people all over the world try to write 50,000 words in a month! Yes, it’s a crazy lunatic idea, and I’ve never...

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How to make a DIY writing retreat

A couple of years ago, I decided to make a DIY writing retreat for myself. I needed to work on my novel, but I just could not get it done in Croatia. I don’t know why. Too many distractions: life, learning, love, they all take their toll. As a freelance...

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All the hallmarks of an actual writer

I was sitting in the market on the weekend working on a story that wasn’t coming easily. I know it has potential so I was keeping at it. Normally, if a short story feels difficult, I know it’s not ready yet and I put it aside for a bit. But...

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Short story podcasts

Here are some great short story podcasts for writers, readers, listeners and lovers 🙂 Whether you want advice or entertainment, there’s something for you.

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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...