I’m not really a doctor, but I can help act as a midwife for your book babies.
I’ve just recently signed up to be a mentor for the Queensland Writers Centre as part of their Writer’s Surgery program.
I’ve been teaching creative writing for over a decade now and writing in earnest since 2002, so I’ve got plenty of tricks up my sleeve to help make your story the very best it can be.
Here’s a testimonial from writer Azra Algaic, author of Not Like My Mother.
“Edwina Shaw is the kind of editor you hope to find: caring and nurturing, but also frank and bold. She challenges you on structure and logic, helping you to create a tighter, cleaner plot, while also honing in on those grammatical oversights and inevitable typos. Her technical and craft knowledge result in a holistic and detailed assessment of your manuscript that leaves you inspired to tackle that dreaded rewrite.”
For this program I’ll only be looking at the first 20 pages, but I can certainly put you on the right track and help you to find your way forward from there.
If you’re interested please contact QWC at the Writer’s Surgery and book in for a consultation.
how it feels some days
So what have I been doing all this time? Putting too many things in my wagon – that’s what!
Most days I sail along but others, I must admit, I feel a bit like the poor horse in this picture.
I’m teaching narrative at the University of Queensland, and yoga to the performance dance students at the Queensland University of Technology (yes I’m a yogi). I also teach both writing and yoga privately and edit other people’s work,as well as marking homework, looking after my family and keeping the household reasonably hygienic. And helping out my sisters with their small children and new baby.
I’ve also been busily organising a family trip to Europe to visit relatives – a first for all of us. Very exciting.
This has meant not much time is left for my own projects. I have a new short story half-written, and have gone part of the way through reading and marking up the draft of Dear Madman I wrote at Varuna. Oh how I long to return there to have some uninterrupted time to sit and ponder and immerse myself in the Madman’s world so I can better whip the manuscript into shape. A novel is a huge thing, you need time and space to hold it properly in your mind, to be able to figure out how best to bring it to life.
Today I have to agree with Toni Morrison,
“We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I’m not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for that.”
She’s right. I’d rather have an A+ for finishing Dear Madman. An A+ for prioritising my own work.
Find some time for your writing today. See how good you feel when you do!
Oh, and Child of Fortune (the Cambodian novel of many names), is being read at a few major publishers as we speak. Getting a major publisher and some royalties coming in is one way to make sure my own work comes first. So cross fingers.