Category Archives: Mentoring

Collaborative writing – solitary but never alone

It was always going to be a challenge, and fascinating. That’s what I hoped, once the excitement of being chosen for the Australian Literature Review (AusLit) Sydney writing team eased off. It would be a great opportunity for learning a … Continue reading

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Allowing spaciousness

As soft rain falls in curtains from a bright white sky I am cosy and warm in my office cave. Suddenly, I miss my blog, and am compelled to write – despite the vast weight of an enormously challenging editing … Continue reading

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Sometimes it all comes in a rush …

One of the constant challenges for regular bloggers is coming up with something novel (sorry – not a pun) and interesting to blog about. Since my focus generally slides towards one thing or another – editing madly to meet a … Continue reading

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When editing and mentoring merge

There are days when editing challenges my patience, my intellectual capacity, my energy levels and the collection of skills I’ve acquired during my years of experience in the field. These are the days when I realise the manuscript I’m working … Continue reading

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An abundance of literary riches

Where to begin? This post is all about writers and writing and connections and books. Not to mention sweet synchronicity. And the astonishing ways we can discover there is more going on than meets the eye. Weeks ago, my friend … Continue reading

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Planning a wake for books?

Last weekend, Malcolm Knox, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum section, explored the fascinating, disturbing possibility that we – humans – might be losing the capacity for what he termed ‘deep reading’; that the myriad distractions on offer in … Continue reading

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Finding that line

Today I’m writing a structural report on the manuscript for a novel. I need to get it finished a) to meet a deadline and b) so that I can begin reading the hard copy manuscript of an epic non-fiction work … Continue reading

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Death of the book? Probably not …

These are feverish times for those of us who earn our livings producing books – and I don’t just mean garret-bound writers and little freelancing fish like me. Major publishers world-wide are frantically trying to work out how to stay … Continue reading

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EIP Portsea was thrilling!

And all-consuming before, during and for a little while after. There was no time for blogging … and this post is just a note, really, to offer you a glimpse into the delights and rewards of that week-long intensive retreat. … Continue reading

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The subliminal impact of style

Appearances aren’t everything – we know that! But when it comes to presenting manuscript, writers can do a lot to get noticed by conforming to publishers’ guidelines. These are based on long-held conventions and I know from many years of … Continue reading

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