On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

In her recent Guardian Australia review of Barracuda, Mary Kostakidis gave the very interesting descriptor “most un-English” to Christos Tsiolkas’ writing.

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In the lead-up to Digital Makeover for Writers, we asked Euan Mitchell what he's had to do in the name of writing.

Euan is a former senior editor for a major publisher. He has written three novels and has a range of non-fiction books to his credit. He has also successfully published other writers in severalgenres. Euan has taught writing, editing and publishing at Monash University, Victoria University and Box Hill TAFE. His latest book is Your Publishing Options.

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An interview with Vanessa Russell

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We asked WV tutor Kelly Gardiner about her writing rituals and the books that make her cry.

Kelly is a writer, journalist and editor. Her books include the young adult novels 'Act of Faith' and 'The Sultan’s Eyes'; a picture book, 'Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christma's; and the Swashbuckler historical adventure trilogy for young readers.

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December for me has always been the month of retrospection, soul-searching, summaries. This year has been my first year of living the tricky life of a writer-mother.

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Now that the year is coming to a close, I am at work on my writing plans for 2014. I always need lots of plans to produce a little something. Making plans is one of my favourite activities. Plans make me feel secure and happy for that long period that I am drawing them, before the actual writing begins.

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For years I’ve been participating in, and facilitating, writing workshops. I’ve been doing this as a member of writers’ groups, a student and a teacher of writing. These experiences serve as the basis for this guide, which I hope will help you improve your ability to give unhelpful feedback. Mastering this skill is very useful in promoting your own career by impeding those of your fellow writers.

In this guide, I offer a variety of strategies illustrated with examples borrowed from experts in the field. Note that you’re likely to encounter here several types of feedback you’re...

A myriad of impulses start a biography on its journey.

In my case, it was reading an autobiography by renowned scientist Julian Huxley. In it he reminisces about his grandmother, Julia Sorell, who gained notoriety in the family for her actions on the day her husband converted to Catholicism.

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With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Clare has plenty of advice to help us break down the art of the dreaded synopsis.

In Part 1 of this interview, Clare gave us her top tips on how to get your synopsis right. For Part 2, she shares her thoughts on the sort of things you should try to avoid when writing your synopsis. What are the key mistakes authors make when writing a synopsis?

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Writers Victoria sat down with Clare Allan-Kamil to get her take on the art of synopsis writing.

As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters. As daunting as it seems, there are tricks and tools you can use to make your synopsis stand out.