On Writing

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

Out the kitchen window, blue bleeds to violet. Gracie holds the baby to her with one hand, his tiny fingers splayed at her collarbone, he’s still as small as when they first placed him there. That’s the way it’s been for a month now, held with one hand to her chest, feeding from it, balanced there as she moves about the kitchen. 

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Emily Brewin's novel 'Hello, Goodbye' was sparked by her aunt’s story of being single, pregnant and Catholic in the 1960s. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Emily about her writing process.

 

I find myself in no-man’s-land – a large and largely empty space between freedom and detention. It has taken months of patient planning to get this far. Copies of passport, driver’s licence, Working with Children check, Federal Police check, and proof of professional status, together with detailed ‘Visitor’ forms and my car’s registration number, were long ago completed, signed, carefully scanned and sent as requested. 

 – and knowing that this faithless lover goes on without you, indifferent to your suffering, you return.

Eighty-eight dollars an hour got you a small truck, two large men and a life in garbage bags – the preferred suitcase of haste. Now your clothes reek of manufactured lavender or orange or whatever scent you chose for yourself from the supermarket heartache shelf.

‘Parting words’ is the much-awaited second novel from writer Cass Moriarty, that asks: how well do we really know our parents? As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Cass about her writing process.

'The Girl From Munich' is Tania Blanchard's debut historical fiction novel. It tells the story of Lotte who grew up indoctrinated, at school and through The League of German Girls, to give her all to the Third Reich. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Tania about her writing process.

Jock Serong's latest book follows the tourist-laden vessel Java Ridge as it encounters the asylum seeker boat Takalar off the coast of Indonesia. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Jock about his writing process.

'Australia Day' is Melanie Cheng's engrossing short story collection that won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. The book charters the experiences of everyday citizens and the circumstances that can make them feel stuck, stagnant or alone. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Melanie about her writing process.

In recent years, self-publishing has morphed into ‘indie publishing’ (‘indie’ being short for ‘independent’). Since about 2011, when ebooks finally gained the popularity they had promised since the internet took off in the early 1990s, more and more new writers have discovered they can publish globally for essentially no cost.