the next big thing meme

Simmone Howell tagged me, and I’m tagging Melina Marchetta, Vikki Wakefield, Emily Gale and Penni Russon..but ONLY if you have time, feel like it, the time is right to talk, etc, etc. Okay. 1. What is the working title of your next book? Wildlife. This post talks about the working titles it has had along…

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Why I don’t rank fellow-writers out of five

Since I’ve had one book published, and have another in train, the idea of sitting in judgement and ‘scoring’ a fellow-writer’s work makes me queasy. It’s got nothing to do with being annoyed by the limitation of five-star ratings: they are, perforce, reductive, but we’re all accustomed to living in a cultural space that spits…

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congratulations for turning up at the page

In the spirit of Steven Soderbergh’s gorgeous acceptance speech from many years ago, this post sends love and congratulations to every writer who keeps turning up at the page (Julia Cameron’s beautiful, trusting phrase, which has held my hand so many times). To everyone writing poems, scripts, novels, plays, lyrics, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir,…

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grumbles and asterisks

Depending on how my brio levels are, or how impatient I’m feeling, I have occasionally given the old chestnut response when someone says, ‘I’m going to write a film script one of these days – when I get some spare time’, or ‘I’m writing a book when I retire’…which is to say that I will…

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this writing life, part 2

When I’m not talking to the dog, I often talk to the rabbit. Goodbye from me and the rabbit and the dog. I’m going to cold places through the back of the wardrobe with the J-man and the tall children for a month or so. I hope everyone has a wonderful festive/holiday season and that…

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