Writers on writing

Lisa Lang tells the story behind her novel

It was the bleak heart of the Howard years, and the height of the Children Overboard affair, when I first encountered the story of Edward Cole. I was immediately struck by the energy and flair of a man who led a life unconstrained by convention or public opinion.

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Confidence, Openness and Determination - Celine Kiernan on being a writer

Primarily I think you need a lot of self confidence to be a professional writer, especially if your work is not immediately marketable. This is a thing which had always been a problem for me: publishers would love my work, but wouldn't know what way to market it, and so would pass.

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Lian Tanner discusses writing and The Keepers trilogy

When did you know you wanted to be a writer, and how do you do it?
I grew up in Launceston, in the north of Tasmania, with my parents, three older brothers, a retired racehorse called Chief and a dog called Jock.

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Claire Corbett on research & writing When We Have Wings

It has taken me ten years to write When We Have Wings though I did have a few years off during the process. When I began I had no idea how difficult were the technical challenges I'd set myself.

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Christopher Morgan on writing and Currawalli Street

Rather than concentrate too much on the technical side of writing, I spend as much time as I can in feeding my imagination. I look at things, I listen to conversations, I read books, I cook, I find out how to build things, I talk to people, I learn things that I will never use.

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Denise Leith on What Remains

I have never wanted, or indeed, thought I could write fiction so the writing of this novel has come as the most delightful surprise to me.

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Courtney Collins discusses The Burial

I suppose I was waiting for it, the beginnings of a book, as if it would just happen upon me as elegantly as a bird landing in a tree.

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Michelle de Kretser on writing Questions of Travel

I knew I would write about travel one day.

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Getting started: Kathryn Heyman's tips for writers

You've always wanted to write a novel. Yet every time to sit down to write it, you are distracted by an overwhelming compulsion to clean the oven, phone your mother or feed the dog.

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Five key things it takes to write a novel

1. If you want to write a novel, you have to start by putting words down on the page. Not talk about writing, but actually write. Once you have words down you can sculpt something and work with them. You can begin.

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