Writing from the subconscious

We are seeped in Story. At no other time in history have we had such easy access and such constant exposure to Story. Even non-readers are repeatedly exposed to the fundamentals of Story through movies and television, and you could even argue that social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook tell a certain type of…

A bit of kindling for when you’re feeling burnt out

TWe’ve all come across ‘throw away’ blogs. The fluff pieces that add little meaning or value to your day; the type of perfectly non-invasive article to skim through over breakfast (once upon a time, we’d depended on the soft news stories of our local paper to gently warm our minds, preparing us for the day…

Reaching out for easy when the writing gets hard

“The death of reflection is the death of creativity.” Kim Wilkins. (This blog is inspired by Kim’s TED talk which you can find here). Everyone bangs on about the shitty side of social media, mobile phones and the internet, but the truth is, this technology has added a host of new variables, solutions and problems…

Why writers need other writers

In the daily conversation of ordinary life, ‘writerly talk’ has a shelf life of, oh, about five minutes. That elevator pitch (a tidy little one liner you can whip out of your holster whenever someone asks, ‘What’s your book about?’) you’ve tweaked a thousand times over will serve you in both your professional and private…

Writers still need to talk to people

When it comes to research, I reckon most writers are separated by their desired primary sources by only one or two degrees. Google is an efficient – and frankly convenient – source when a writer is familiarising themselves with a topic or fact checking, but it’s not so great when it comes to the nuanced…

The ‘why’ behind the craft

A few years ago, I decided to volunteer at a major writing festival. One of the perks of volunteering is that once you’ve checked attendees’ tickets, you then get to pull up stumps yourself. Once, I was lucky enough to man the door of a craft workshop lead by a local Sci-Fi/Fantasy author. Once all…

The necessity of labels

When you think of genre fiction, your mind likely comes up with umbrella terms like crime, romance, science fiction, drama, horror, and comedy. Beneath these broad terms however, there are many subgenres: mystery, thriller, police procedural, speculative fiction, space opera, regional romance and so on. Then there’s the hybrids: dystopian romance, political thriller etc. So…

Literary necromancy and trickster devices.

Being January, the temptation to write a blog discussing the new year and my hopeful writing goals is overwhelming. However, I thought it would be more interesting for you if I discussed other types of beginnings, like the importance of a good opening sentence. To get us started, here’s some opening lines from famous literary…

The Write Before Christmas

4:44am Beep beep beep: Partner’s alarm goes off. Usually, I get up with Partner, potter around until his lift for work arrives and then I take Dog for a walk. Today, I decide to sleep in. 5:15am Partner comes back into bedroom, says his lift hasn’t arrived, can I drop him off? Get out of…

Writer’s block, exercise and pineapples

Personally, I don’t believe in writer’s block. Now, I understand that I’m about to launch into a rather nuanced argument, but I believe that writer’s block is just a romanticised version of resistance (minus the roses and awkward foreplay). Really, writing is the same as exercise. It’s 6am. The alarm goes off, accompanied by the wafting smell…

Looky looky! My friend made a tarot card deck!

Get on that turban and wipe clean that crystal ball folks, cos things on Radical Writing are about to get mystical. Today, I am celebrating the launch of My First Tarot deck, a simply splendid spread and tarot card deck crafted by my friend Eleanor Hammond. If for some reason you’ve never found yourself in…

An open letter to the Muse

Dear Muse, I missed you today! What happened? I thought we had an appointment, but maybe I’m mistaken? I thought we were going to meet at that little café up the road and around the corner? You know the one. The place with the house made coconut milk and gluten free bikkies you like so…