How do you turn an idea into reality?

How to choose an idea

I recently decided I would write a memoir. Was this a rash decision? Maybe. You can blame the Australian Writers’ Centre for sending me that email about the life writing class. As soon as I saw it I was hooked. This idea for a book had been rattling round in my head for a while, but I could … [Read more...]

How to make work ‘easy’

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A friend recently told me, rather sheepishly, that she finds her job easy. Not because it’s boring or my friend is lazy. But because she was born to do it. For a moment I was shocked. Work isn't supposed to be easy, is it? In my experience, it's rare to hear people say so. It’s way … [Read more...]

A survival guide for sleep-deprived parents

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You've probably read a lot of articles on why you need more sleep, how to get more sleep, or even how to fall asleep in less than one minute. But as those of you with small humans in the house will know, getting to sleep is not the problem. It's staying that way for eight hours that's the … [Read more...]

Want to be a writer? Start here.

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I receive a lot of emails from people asking much the same question. I want to reinvent myself as a writer. But where do I start? I can only tell you how I got started with my career. There is no blueprint. Your story could be entirely different. Maybe you will start out by writing a steampunk … [Read more...]

5 ways to silence your inner critic


We all have an inner critic waiting in the wings of our subconscious, just waiting to give us a good kicking when we’re down. For writers the kicks seem to be extra hard, or at least that’s my perception. Our inner critic tends to be particularly loud and hard to ignore when we’ve experienced … [Read more...]

How to deal with conflict at work


I know internet trolling is creepy and nasty. But copping abuse in person or over the phone can be a challenge too. Call centre operators will know what I’m talking about. I’ve never worked at a call centre, but I have worked as a journalist for a local paper so I’m no stranger to abusive … [Read more...]