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The trouble with grammar

  ‘Intelligence supersedes grammar… Grammar is secondary to content… Language is changing anyway so grammar doesn’t really matter…’ These are some of the statements I (over)heard during the week at a conference I attended for PhD researchers. These candidates were were having informal discussions about their work and their personal processes in writing up their research. As a writer, I was astounded. But as someone...

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Are Australian Authors Being Priced Out of the Market?

I had an interesting conversation with a school librarian the other day.  She’d just received a shipment for her school library and was chatting about the titles she’d ordered. I asked what criteria she used when deciding what books she wanted. She said value for money was important, and though she tried to include a few books from Australian authors ‘if she could’, it wasn’t...

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How important is reading to you?

“Not every reader writes, but every writer reads.”  Attribution: Every writer I know (worth their salt). It’s an important statement for a lot of reasons. A writer needs to be very familiar with the genre in which they write, as well as have a comprehensive understanding of the demographic for whom they write. How else can they do this, except by reading? I know a...

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The Incredible Power of Writing

I sat down to write about the amazing transformation I’m seeing in some of the kids I work with in my Writers’ Groups. Then I remembered I’ve written this type of post before. Rather than link back to the original post, I’m going to repost it below.  The kids I’m referring to today are a mixed bag of young teens. They were from different schools, different...

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When Writing Becomes Destructive

  This week I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of supervising the NAPLAN tests in a primary school I teach in sometimes.  Yep, it’s that time of year again. Standardised testing. A process where some bright spark who has probably never set foot in a school, thinks it’s a good idea for every student in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, to sit the same exam at...

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Sensitivity and the Writer

  I’m a delicate little flower. People tend to laugh when I say this. But it’s true. I am a very sensitive person.  I think people laugh because sensitivity is all-too-often confused with weakness. And I am most definitely NOT a weak person. I am a person who feels deeply. Sometimes I might struggle with expressing those feelings in a way that others can understand....

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PUBLISHED!

  Regular visitors to this blog might notice that my young adult novel Fake Profile has disappeared from the site. I have removed it from all channels, including Amazon, Smashwords, Writers’ Web and Goodreads (at least I’ve attempted to remove it from Goodreads, it seems a little more problematic to do that). It’s not because I’ve given up on it. And it’s not because it...

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Write Change

I’m about to change everything about the way I run my writers’ groups. Everything! I’ve written a lot about writing on this blog. But I keep coming back to my observations about how writing develops in young people. As a writer who teaches writing I am acutely aware of how kids learn to write, what they write as well as when and how they write. And I...

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Writing and Risk Taking

I’ve just completed the first draft of my third novel. You’d think it would be cause for celebration, wouldn’t you? After all, I’ve been working on the manuscript for just over a year. Actually, about fourteen months. Fourteen months, one week and three days, precisely. That’s fourteen months, one week and three days with tangential voices in my head. And they didn’t always wait patiently...

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A Writer’s Despair

I can’t think straight. My mind is in turmoil. I don’t know what to do. Who to talk to. How to move forward. Nothing is working. Feel like I’m suffocating under the weight that’s bearing down on me. It’s relentless. Can’t shift it. Can’t see through it. Can’t call for help cause I can’t trust anyone. I think it might be… all over. Luckily, these...