This is who I am

For a huge part of my life I have tried to hide who I am.

I have tried to be what others want.

I have followed paths influenced by others.

I have been embarrased and shy to show who I  really am.

Perhaps it’s because until recently, I didn’t know who I was.

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Ever felt like this?

Some days you just wish you didn’t get out of bed. Yesterday was like that.

It started off well enough, the kids got off to school on time, the house was relatively clean but then it was like someone tipped the day, and more so me, on my head. Within the space of half an hour I was feeling consumed by an avalanche of ‘to dos’. Things that weren’t on my to do list that seemed to crop up with urgency plastered all over them.

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Writing Insights: The intricacy of the sub plot

I wrote the other week about the importance of characters and my thoughts on how crucial they are to the story, and 75,000 words into my current work I am really happy with my characters.  They are well rounded and have found their voice. They are emotionally responsive, flawed and relateable; everything I wanted them to be. And I think I have succeed in them them taking me on their journey,showing me what they would do next rather than me telling them. So on the character front I think I am doing okay, maybe even well but one thing that is challenging me and creating negative dialogue in my head is the story line and subplot.

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Too many words

I haven’t been blogging much lately and that seems to be the opening line of my last few blog posts. Recurring theme perhaps? It’s not that I haven’t had anything to blog about, no quite the opposite. My brain is full of blog fodder, but getting it in order is the difficult part.

When I come to blog I tend to let the words just roll off my fingertips, direct from my brain. A lot of the time they don’t make much sense until I go back and edit them, putting them in a sensible order and polishing the paragraphs so they are nice and shiny. But lately I’ve been confused.

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Envy or Admiration?

It’s something that all writers experience more often than not. Writer Envy. No matter what your passion and talent; non-fiction, feature article, blogger, fiction, chances are not a day goes by when you don’t read something and think ‘Wow!’ followed by a ‘I wish could write like that‘. But it’s not always an emotion coloured … Read more

Time for change

On the calendar, summer in Australia has officially ended. However, it appears someone neglected to inform the weather Gods. Here in Victoria we are heading for the hottest March for over sixty years, with yet another 30+ degree day expected today. Not that I am complaining. I love the hot weather. Being outdoors, swimming with … Read more