Where to begin? How does writing happen? Sometimes all it takes is a nudge, a wink, or even the breath of an idea and you’re away. For me, it was a seminal moment in childhood – I was highly commended in a young writers’ prize (possibly the only one I ever entered, and mind you – I didn’t even win) but it was enough of a spark to know that I could keep it going if I tried.
It gave me great pleasure last week to judge a category at the Nan Manefield’s Young Writer’s Prize through the Stanton Library in North Sydney. After all, it was this very prize that I had been highly commended in, at the very same location! It was quite thrilling to be in a room with so many terrific young writers and poets; they will go far if they can hold on to the dream. Libraries are important communities; none more so than the Stanton Library in North Sydney and its dedicated team.
If you find it tough to get writing, set yourself some goals such as entering a short story competition, or even a poetry competition. Commit yourself to getting something of this length down, and get the entry in. Writers agonise over their work and self-edit relentlessly, but there comes a time when you just have to get the thing in. It doesn’t matter what stage of you’re writing your at – deadlines CAN be your friend.
I’m working on a few projects at the moment, including continuing with my series’ Frankie Fox, Girl Spy and Ella and Olivia, but I have many other projects on hand at any given time. I also work full-time, so I know all about juggling priorities. Ideas run willy-nilly through my head – the hardest thing is shaping them and making them happen. I created a little video for my publisher Hachette Australia this week called #whereIwrite. While it was meant to only be a few minutes long, it ended up clocking in at 12 minutes! I’d love for you to check it out – you can also have a little peek into the world of my writing residence! Possibly also the madness in my own head. Enjoy.
Pre-filming at my writer’s residence