As an eight year old I knew that writing was what I wanted to do, but never knew the steps to publication other than to write and to read and to dream.
As a teenager I was briefly published in some great hippie magazines. Poetry was my first publication and still this genre continues today.
I wish I’d journaled more as a teenager but am grateful that I now have shelves of notebooks and also a modest shelf of published books.
I am always looking for writing opportunities and a great way to begin publication is by entering competitions. If you are looking to get writing join organisations like CBCA and the Writers’ centre in your state.
Get along to conferences, meetings, networks. Immerse yourself in all things writing and reading.
Take risks, write down the world the way you see it. Use your hands, your mind, your dreams, your imagination to create something uniquely ‘you’.
Dream, read, housework, cook, catch up with family and friends, walk my dog, find exciting things to craft on pinterest, visit an op shop, read a blog, read a book, garden, dream and wish and pray some more.
Certainly, that’s part and parcel of being a writer and it’s hard sometimes to let other people read what is in your innermost thoughts.
Ah that would be a poem with one word to every line.
I write about the goldfields, country life, a tiny moment in time, families, animals, mystery, a longing for something, fantasy…
Never just one draft, I have written up to 13 drafts of a small chapter book. Sometimes the one story undergoes many changes, twists and evolves into something else. That is both the pleasure and pain of writing.
That depends up on the topic and if I find an entry point for the poem or the right tone. Some poems come as gifts and others I have to do many drafts. a good way to tackle a poem is to write down some details and then leave it for a day or two and then see if some lines come to grow the poem. Often having a rest of time between drafts helps overcome ‘writer’s block.’