PATHWAYS TO BECOMING A WRITER

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All roads may lead to Evans Head but there are lots of different paths to becoming a writer.

This is an old photo of my dear writing friend Helena Pastorand I at one of our first ever writing retreats at Evans Head. The sign doesn’t even exist any more! How young and enthusiastic we were then, only a few years into our writing journey.

Now, more than 14 years later, we’ve both had books published but we’re still not much closer to our dreams of international best selling success. Oh well.

Writing isn’t a career to embark on if you’re being sensible. It’s a calling – much like being a nun or a doctor or a missionary.  A wise writer once told me, “Writing may not make you rich but it will enrich your life immeasurably.”

Yes, there are days I’m bitter about all the unpublished manuscripts piling up on my computer still looking for the right publisher. But most to the time I’m extremely grateful for all the joys and adventures this writing life has brought me.af31a1047c84b539f45120607c9d6048--feminist-quotes-vintage-photography

It’s been a wild ride that’s for sure. With the highs of finally launching Thrill Seekers, a very long four years after signing a contract with my UK publishers, Ransom, and then the miraculous short listing for the NSW Premier’s Award. I had to pinch myself.

But then came all the years with equally valuable manuscripts being unable to find a good home. Not for want of trying. The rejections that still come even after almost two decades of writing and honing my craft.

Still, those years have been invaluable – I’ve learnt so much about writing and the business of publishing that I would never have known had my path been smoother.

Who knows where I would have ended up?

I may never have edited Bjelke Blues and met all the wonderful contributors, or developed my special workshops and retreats.

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Recently on CHOP CHAT COOK I spoke with my friend Joanne Tindale about all the ups and downs of my writing life and how you too can build your career as a writer.

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Check out the video and let me know what you think.

How is your writing career going?

Are you building a writing CV and still making ends meet?

This enforced period of isolation is a wonderful time to get stuck into your writing projects. So dust them off and write like a fury! Then SUBMIT!

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Lots of love,

Edwina xx

FLAT OUT AT WORK!

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Flat out at work

Well here I am, hard at work pretending to be an assassinated queen, doing role plays with a creative writing class at Ryan Catholic College in Townsville where I was lucky enough to be Writer in Residence for four days last month. I had a fantastic time inspiring young writers from Years Five to Eight and was truly amazed at some of the beautiful work they produced.

I used lots of yoga techniques to get rid of that critical voice that can inhibit creativity, and the kids took to it brilliantly, writing like furies. Even those who’d never written anything creative by choice before, were proudly reading their pieces aloud to the group by the end of the session.

Later in the month, I ran workshops alongside other writers at the annual Meanjin Young Writers Boot camp at Griffith University. So much fun!

I love doing this kind of work. So if you, or anyone you know, is looking for a visiting writer to inspire students, please do think of me and contact SpeakersInk.

Check out my new OPEN FOR BUSINESS page too.

LAUNCH DATE!

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Thrill Seekers

What more could a girl ask for Christmas than a launch date?

 All these years I’ve been hoping and dreaming that one day I would stand in front of a crowd at my favourite bookstore showing off a copy of my very own book.

Writers often use birth analogies for their creations being born into the wider world, leaving the mother and making its own friends, way, place. 

Well, this has been one hell of a long labour but at last I have a date when my very first book baby will make its appearance.

  Friday 9th March at Avid Reader, West End in Brisbane.

            
I’m so happy I could bust.
 
All you budding writers out there, don’t give up.
Most of all when it seems too hard, too long, too painful. It’s worth it.
 Because you know what?  The amount of suffering is equalled by the amount of joy!
 
I wish you all this joy and more for Christmas!
 
with love
Edwina