Tutoring The Year Of The Novel Online for QWC

Tutoring The Year Of The Novel Online for QWC

I’ve just put the final – truly final – touches to my new manuscript, Close To Home, a feeling at once exhilarating and terrifying. Exhilarating because it marks the end of a year long process of writing, revision and proof reading and terrifying because before too long the novel will be out there in the world for all to see. And read. And judge. But more about that later.     Right now I’m excited to be the new tutor for The Year Of The Novel Online run by Queensland Writer’s Centre and developed by the talented and prolific Kim Wilkins aka Kimberley Freeman. I’m a huge fan of Kim’s novels so feel extremely privileged to be participating in this course. The course allows participants to work from the comfort of home, working on their own novels with the support of an online group and the guidance of an experienced tutor – in this case, moi! The course starts on March 9. If you think it might be for you, you can find more details here. Would love to have you onboard.  ...

A Year of Writing Coming Up In 2015

Hopefully you managed to catch my last post about the writing year that was 2014. If not you can read it here. In summary, although I managed to complete a novel it was a bumpy process and one I hope to improve on in the year ahead. So here’s what’s coming up for me in 2015 … Starting Monday I’ll be doing the copyedit on my new novel Close To Home. As always, the final stages of a book are a crazy cocktail of attention to detail, nerves, excitement and relief. I’ve had a few trusted readers give me feedback and will definitely be doing some tweaking on this next edit but hopefully the process won’t be too onerous. By the end of January the novel should be visiting the editor for the last time before heading off to the printer. It won’t be released until July but advanced reader copies will be sent to booksellers and distributors for a sneak peek in the next few months. I’m absolutely in love with the cover Hachette have come up with and will be revealing it here soon! In previous years I’ve taken the turning of the final page of the proof read as an opportunity to put my feet up and bask in the glory of having finished a novel. But this time things will be different. Really, they will! I’ve already started nutting out ideas for my next book and once Close To Home is gone I’ll be starting a new manuscript. Unlike my last three novels I’m going to attempt to do a little more planning – but...

What I Wrote and What I Learnt About Writing In 2014

Well, it’s that time of the year again – the time we look back over the year that was and ahead to the year to come – so today on the blog I thought I’d fill you in on what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learnt writing wise. And tomorrow, what I have planned for 2015. It’s been a busy last few months finishing the draft of Close To Home. When I last blogged I gave a brief outline of the story and while it hasn’t changed in essence I’m pleased to say the plot and characters have developed. Overall I’m pretty happy with the novel. The day I submitted it, I spoke to my publisher, sharing my nerves about the final draft and how hard I felt the process had been. She reminded me I’d said the same thing about the last two novels! So, that’s one thing I’ve learned after completing book number three: each book is different in terms of the process and how it comes to you, but it never gets any easier and the anxiety we have about our writing never goes away. It’s just part of the job and something we need to accept and not get caught up in. There were quite a few times I hit what I thought were major roadblocks in terms of where to go next with the plot. In my usual style I opted for avoidance and spent weeks on end doing anything but write. When I finally sat down and forced myself to face the page – to write anything at all rather than...