NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges writers to write a novel during November. Begun in the USA in 1999, it is now an international event NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge, when aspiring and established fiction-writers take to their computers in an attempt to write a 50 000 word novel in just thirty days. The idea is to write a […]

Writing about vulnerable people in memoir

Writing about vulnerable people in memoir is tricky. There are no absolute guidelines. Compassionate writing boils down to the writer’s personal moral and ethical codes.  For me, these are based on my Catholic faith and the Australian Code of professional conduct for nurses. Moral and ethical codes differ for everyone. People become vulnerable when others assume a […]

Trustworthy story-teller

A memoir without a trustworthy story-teller is just another piece of fiction. There’s been a storm raging in an on-line writers’ group to which I belong. The argument is about whether it’s OK for memoir-writers to change the names of people and details of events in their stories. It seems some writers feel the need […]

Journal writing for creativity

Journal writing is my favourite creative tool. It is also my favourite tool for living. ‘My journal’ spans the last fifteen years. It’s written in a series of cheap chain store exercise books which take up two shelves of a bookcase. Unlike the beauties that feature on Pinterest boards, my journal is ordinary. Three pages written in longhand first thing every […]

Lists can increase creativity

My life without lists is unimaginable. I don’t know how I’d operate without them. Some of my lists are ongoing. Others spring up whenever there’s a new need, or simply because I feel like making a catalogue or a record. Mostly my lists are about the future.  Occasionally, they’re open-ended records. My lists have been quite furtive, […]

Excerpt from my new manuscript

This is from my new memoir which has the working title ‘Elopement.’ It is a story about John’s and my courtship and marriage when we were in our early seventies. ‘There’s always something to be done on a boat,’ John said over lunch in Kings Park. ‘One day I’ll smarten up the inside a bit. Retouch the varnish […]

Creating a personal brand

Everyone knows about commercial brands. We have all experienced the way they assault our senses from television, newspapers, the internet and billboards.  We instantly recognise brands like Coca Cola, with its images of youth and fun; McDonalds with images of families and fast food, everywhere; and the quality of BMW. We can easily differentiate between brands of beer, perfume, personal products and […]

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