Writing tips and other bits

Should I avoid using ‘said’?

I’ve found that some new writers try to avoid using ‘said’, perhaps worrying that it’s boring or repetitive. But believe it or not…

This week I’m in love with …

… James Lasdun and Jess Cornelius Last week at a masterclass at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Stephen Amsterdam introduced us to this story by English…

Don’t be daunted – be inspired

I suggested he re-read an author he admires who writes this way, to see how they handle it. He answered that he always gets depressed reading his favourite author because ‘he’s just so damn good’.

This week I’m in love with …

… well researched long-form journalism and a bit of old school reggae Saturdays got a whole lot better since I subscribed to the Saturday Paper.…

Helping new writers develop their craft

Some writers I work with haven’t done any writing classes or workshops, so they are unaware of the common mistakes new writers make, such as using filter words for action rather than letting the action speak for itself.

This week I’m in love with…

Marjane Satrapi (author of Persepolis) and Tara Tiba (Iranian-Australian musician) Only seven years behind the rest of the word, I finally watched Persepolis this week…

This week I’m in love with…

David Foster Wallace reading his story ‘Forever Overhead’ Still on the serendipitous net-noodling loop, last week’s article by Zadie Smith lead me to seek out…