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WRITER’S SURGERY

I’m not really a doctor, but I can help act as a midwife for your book babies.

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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.

Happy writing!

 

 

 

 

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REWARDS!

Treasure chest with gold coins by Garry Gay

Treasure chest with gold coins by Garry Gay

Oh yes, rewards! How we all crave them. Awards, prizes, contracts etc, they’re all pretty grand. Gold coins are not to be sneezed at either, but the other day I received a reward that was worth even more than all of these – words of connection and thanks from a reader. To know that Thrill Seekers is still out there connecting with people and even, most wonderfully of all, reflecting their own experiences is more valuable than gold (though of course that would be nice too!)

Here’s what Harry had to say.

Great read! I had more than a few knock-about friends growing up and the language and the descriptions, the play, the drink, the smoke, the drugs, the sex – you write just as it was – just as it is. Thanks, Harry

It really made my day, especially as it was one of the first messages I received after my return from overseas. Thanks Harry.

As an emerging writer the financial rewards may not be great, which makes messages from readers even more precious. I find rewards in other ways too – writing the end of that scene that’s been bugging me, writing something unexpected, and beautiful, so beautiful it doesn’t feel like it’s come from me. The satisfaction of writing the last few words of a long work and in that split second feeling that it is great (until the morning anyway!).

What do you find rewarding about your art or writing practice? What, besides money, keeps you going?

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