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Time for a test drive

I sat at the table in my new sparklingly clean and organised studio and thought “where the hell is everything?” First of all, I couldn’t find my design book or even a pencil, then as the ideas began to flow for my new bathroom project, I had no idea where anything was. Ideas would pop […]

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Getting my house in order

Apparently Larry King is credited with this quote he was talking about getting his house in order to reduce the confusion, a direct reference to personal organisation. It dawned on me that that is exactly what I needed to do, after I started cleaning my studio the cleaning frenzy took over and before I knew […]

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My story needs triage

A reading by Sol Stein about revision was a timely inclusion into the semester. His idea of a “Triage” process for revision was both informative and reaffirming. He too likes to get the framework right before developing character and final editing. If the framework isn’t right, the story won’t be right and all of the […]

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Captives and assumptions

Having gained such valuable feedback from the workshop I wanted more and knew of five people who couldn’t refuse or escape. Over the Easter break we went to our beach shack north of Perth and I knew our next door neighbour shackies would be there. It didn’t take too much threatening to get them to […]

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Rubber coated husband

During our holiday I bounced ideas of my husband, who over the years has developed a rubber coating impervious to dumb ideas. Regardless of what I throw at him he has the ability to filter out the rubbish and pinpoint the required. Saying things out loud to someone really helped, it was a bit like […]

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Procrastination

Procrastination is the mortal enemy of deadlines and predictably it raised its ugly head for a week or so. As I was going on holidays over the Uni break I needed to get a complete first draft of the story finished so it could rest and relax. Like a beautifully cooked piece of steak I […]

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Creative Processes

My proposal is due. I can think of at least 20 storylines – imagination has never been a problem – but none of them tick all the boxes. It has to be tellable within 6000 words, be interesting, have tension, three dimensional characters, mean something or say something. The “Write what you know” cliché pops […]

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Adventures in storyland

? Breakdown narrowly averted.  Well so far anyway, I haven’t submitted my story yet.  Preparing to edit my story again (I think this is number 10) I thought I’d better start the process review for my Creative Writing unit.  The unit’s main assignments have been a proposal for a story, a 6000 word short story […]

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