Tag: writing community

  • The 13 top writing tips I wish I’d had before I started

    I’ve wanted to be an author since 1989, when I was six years old. I took creative writing workshops in university and college. I churned out novels and stories and possibly the worst poetry in history of English. In my early thirties, I spent five years writing and revising a creative non-fiction book that, despite […]

  • Ep 48 Building community after loss with author Shankari Chandran

    How do we build community and a sense of self after loss, especially the kind of loss that echoes for generations? In episode 48, James and I talk to Australian author Shankari Chandran about her latest novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, and how her efforts to find connection in the writing community echo her […]

  • The top 10 most popular episodes of James and Ashley Stay at Home

    James and Ashley Stay at Home, the podcast I co-host with author James McKenzie Watson, is about to hit 50 episodes. We’ve been exploring writing, creativity and health since way back in June 2020, and we’ve talked to an amazing variety of guests. If you live with chronic illness or have a writing or creative […]

  • Listen, be interested and be brave: Q&A with Samia Goudie, Boundless Mentorship runner-up

    The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship, presented by Writing NSW and Text Publishing, is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The writer is paired with a senior Indigenous writer for a structured year-long mentorship. The 2021 Boundless runner-up is Bundjalung writer Samia Goudie, for […]

  • Ep 27 Writing for connection with Emily Maguire, author of ‘Love Objects’

    ‘It’s really important to me, as a writer, to get under the skin of my characters.’ In her new novel, Love Objects, Emily Maguire does exactly that, exploring one woman’s experience with hoarding disorder as a way to better understand our relationships with objects – and with each other. Emily is the author of six […]

  • The secret to fighting project inertia

    Recently I was invited to be a guest author at the Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers, who are an absolutely lovely bunch of people. You don’t need to take my word for it. Just look at the How to Be Australian themed afternoon tea they put on. If you’re wondering, I didn’t have an […]

  • 2020: The reading year in review

    In 2020, I read far more fiction (61%) than non-fiction (39%). This is unusual for me; I generally prefer non-fiction. But it continues a trend that started in 2019. I suspect we all need more escapism these days. I continued to support Australian authors, women authors and debut authors, and aimed to read more authors […]

  • Ep 15: How to write a book in 5 words a day

    Episode 15 of James and Ashley Stay at Home is out now, and it’s chock full of writing tips. Can you write a bestselling novel through the simple process of 5 words a day? Technically yes, though it would take you 43.8 years to complete a first draft. We suggest better writing tips, like these: […]

  • Ep 13: Navigating creative anxiety with Kate Mildenhall

    In episode 13 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we interview the legend herself, Kate Mildenhall. Kate’s debut novel Skylarking was longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and the Indie Book Awards 2017. Kate co-hosts The First Time podcast with author Katherine Collette. Her latest novel, The Mother Fault, is out now in […]