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Frankie Fox, Writing
Writing comps, writers’ residencies and where to begin
June 12, 2015 at 9:21 am 0
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
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#whereIwrite
May 31, 2015 at 2:19 am 0
Writing is about being a voyeur, an eavesdropper, an observer of life and people. My voyeuristic tendencies rise to the max when it comes to other writers. How do they write? Where do they write? What do their offices look like? Do they clear a space on the dining room table, swiping away the day's detritus and sit down at the laptop keyboard? I do my best writing on the lounge, at library desks, in my home office, in bed and at my writer's residence (everyone should be so lucky). In other words, I write wherever and whenever I can. If you can't, you need to rethink how important it is to get your work done. When I'm stuck on a plot point or losing my writing mojo, I often look to other writers for inspiration. While it's a great distraction when you're running from the hard work of a manuscript, ultimately it's a real insight into how other writers live, work and combine their inner writing life with the outer life in the real world which governs us all. I'm going to be involved in a campaign called #whereIwrite, through the fab new app, periscope and in conjunction with my publisher, Hachette Australia. Many authors including one of my faves, Ian Rankin, have already videocast short films of where they write. I'll be filing a report from where I write, live on Monday June 8! So get your voyeurism on, jump online and watch!

My Sunday morning office (NB - not even styled!)

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Frankie Fox, Writing
On the road for the national Campaign for Copyright!
May 17, 2015 at 6:01 am 0
Last week I had the honour and pleasure of talking to creative artists in Hobart about the need for artists to have their copyright protected, respected and remunerated. It was brilliant to meet writers and other artists from Tassie. My thanks to the Copyright Agency for all that they are doing to support artists in their endeavours and to ensure that fair payments are received where their works are studied or reproduced. You can find out more about the national campaign for copyright here. In the words of John Birmingham, it's a 'codification of respect' - I love this sentiment. Also, teachers should check out the fab repository of materials on Reading Australia. Here you can find a huge range of resources that can be used in the classroom. Hobart was once again wonderful - I have done so much travelling this year, but Hobart is just one of my favourite places. I finally got to the Cascades Female Prison - a place close to my heart after having done so much research on girls' industrial schools for my novel Escape from Cockatoo Island. I also sailed the Derwent on the Lady Nelson replica tall ship (highly recommended), ate my way through Salamanca Markets and caught up with plenty of friends. I managed to stop in at one of my fave bookshops, The Hobart Book Shop and also Spacebar Gallery for lots of gorgeous gifts. My favourite hobby in Hobart though seems to be meandering through Battery Point and imagining which residence I would most like to claim as my own.
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#Radelaide
March 10, 2015 at 10:15 am 0
Well, I just missed Adelaide Writers' Week by thiiiiiiis much, but I was rapt to finally be in Radelaide (a phrase I've so desperately wanted to use over the years) for the Fringe Festival and Womadelaide, the world music festival. It was a whirlwind trip but the vibes were great - discovering the Garden of Unearthly Delights, watching some quality comedy and then a day spent at Womadelaide seeing some of my fave musicians. Oh, and did I mention that I spent time with one of my best friends? I'm feeling energised and creative, and Adelaide has inspired me all over again! I'll be back soon, Adelaide.
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Frankie Fox, Writing
Writing routines and finished products
February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am 0
Mostly, the life of an author is this: drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour, hit the gym (if you want to hope to counteract all the time spent draped over a keyboard), go to work, see friends and do normal things in the evening - and somewhere - just somewhere - along the way - squeeze in time to write. Sometimes I write in the morning, sometimes in the evening into the wee hours. When a story takes hold, it can take over and then I just listen to the inner voice. Which is why seeing the finished fruit of your labours is so gosh-darn exciting. I've been popping into bookshops whenever I can - between seeing friends and family, work and other wonders - and it's been a delight to see Frankie Fox's first adventure READY, SET, SPY in-store everywhere I go, tended to lovingly by that amazing breed of people - booksellers. Do you have a writing routine? I'd love to hear! Have you seen Frankie Fox on bookshelves? Let me know!IMG_0868 IMG_0858 IMG_0857 IMG_0855
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