Thursday, June 27, 2013

A writer is someone who writes: 10 ideas about short stories

Laura Jean McKay, author of Holiday in Cambodia, shares her tips for writing.

1. Write.

People will tell you to read and, yes, do that. After you write. Write in a journal. Write for a job. Write letters, poems, scrips, scraps, conversations, memories, parodies, stories that you will never use, novels that people will never read. Write.

2. Circle

Have you ever watched a dog getting ready for sleep? How they circle in their bed, scratch at it, sniff, stare for a while, circle again and then finally settle? Writing is like that. And I call that period of uneasiness, those muddy first words at the start of a story, circling. It’s important, then you get down to business (the story, not sleeping!).

3. Don’t wait for your muse to call

Waiting for a tram to arrive or for a tax return isn’t considered romantic, but the notion of waiting for the muses to strike or for yourself to be discovered is. Writing is active, the romance is in working. Of course there are days when I feel far away from fiction. I can see all the stories as if through a window but can’t get to them. There’s a lot of advice that says put down the pen and try again when you’re inspired. No. Those are the days when you most need to write.

Friday, June 7, 2013

2012 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

The Sweet Spot by Peter Hartcher has won the 2012 Ashurst Business Literature Prize!

Peter Hartcher received his award from the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Member for Wentworth and Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, last night in Sydney and our publisher Jeanne Ryckmans was lucky enough to attend. She shared some photos from the night with us:

Congratulations Peter!