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January 15, 2016

This was challenge #2. I was to write a five minute screenplay in 48 hours. I was given the genre - Suspense - the location - a bank - and a prop that had to be included - a mop. 

 

I'm really chuffed at the feedback I received. 

 

..A well crafted story with lot...

December 8, 2014

While I'm thinking about whether criticism or kindness is the better internal motivator, the dogs are...surprise!...sleeping! 

 

You won't hear them saying, gosh i'm a lazy sod. I should get off my couch and do something. No, they're thinking, will she just stop clacking...

December 4, 2014

Louis CK gives a tribute to the brillian comedian George Carlin and in that tribute Louis talks about how he spent 15 years doing the same one hour gig that was mostly ****. George Carlin on the other hand threw everything away each year and started from scratch. 


Carl...

November 26, 2014

I hauled my sorry butt off to the beach yesterday. I was not very meekly obeying the voice that said, no desk, no computer, no pen today. The dog was in the back of the Lancer pining as we drove past his favourite dog park. Nope, not stopping today, I said. At the coff...

November 24, 2014

Fear is another layer of this onion to unwrap. Not to push away or push down or to override. But to find out what lies beneath. 

Last week walking to the writing desk was easy. This week something is screaming at me: "You must not go there." 

 

I unwrap the onion layer an...

November 7, 2014

I love how my spin (cycling) teacher, Ken, thinks. I take the class with great trepidation because, well, I get a bit bored sitting on a stationary bike but Ken has made me think about exercise and writing differently and that training for them are similar in so many...

October 15, 2014

Last weekend there was an aritcle on writer's block in the weekend edition of The Age by Jane Sullivan. She was breaking down writer's block looking at what other writer's thought. Some like Ayelet Waldman and Philip Pullman thought it was sheer 'laziness' or 'a condit...

September 1, 2014

My creative mentor, Vajradaka, told me to schedule in 'mulling'.

"Mulling?" I said.

"Mulling," he said. "As in letting your mind wander and wonder over what you've been writing or are about to write. Come to your desk and instead of diving straight into the writing, sit....

August 12, 2014

Early last year I started writing my Piper K Marsh novel. I wrote for three months and then I stopped. I couldn't go near the computer and I couldn't pick up a pen: even a shopping list freaked me out.

 

At the same time, my good friend Emma-Kate Wallace and I decided to...

June 5, 2014

One way to work through writers block is to have a listening partner.

 

It's free, it takes no longer than five minutes and you can do it anywhere provided you have access to a phone or skype.

 

A Listening Partner uses our natural orientation to receiving support to reall...

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