Category: Writing novels and short stories

Write your way to a better life

Through our writing courses, we have helped thousands of Australians achieve their dreams of becoming better writers and even published authors. As anyone who has picked up a pen will know, writing is not an easy thing to do, so many people avoid it, even though they may dream of... read more

Isabelle Li talks “A Chinese Affair”

This week, we’re chatting with writer Isabelle Li – author of A Chinese Affair. So, tell us Isabelle, for those who haven’t read your book, what’s it about? “A Chinese Affair consists of 16 short stories, exploring the experience of recent Chinese migration to Australia – what it means... read more

Word of the week: Nicotine

Before this week's word, a special mention to the Build Your Author Platform graduate Facebook group, who each week have been trying their best to incorporate Valerie's word of the week (mentioned on podcast and here) into something they write that week. Some very creative uses so far... read more

Nikki Pellegrino’s writing doubts and advice

Nicky Pellegrino was born in Liverpool but spent her childhood summers staying with family in southern Italy. So when Nicky started writing fiction, her memories of those summers came flooding back and flavoured her stories: the passions, the feuds but most of all the food. Nicky now lives in Auckland... read more

Matt Nable on why writing is better than acting

If you’ve ever heard the term “someone who wears many hats” to describe a multi-skilled person, then you may need to be an expert milliner to fathom Matt Nable. Notably he has played top level rugby league for Manly and earned his keep as an actor in a... read more

“My First Time”: Sylvia Day

Author Sylvia Day has sold more than 16 million copies of her romance novels in just over a decade. But the story of how she first got published goes all the way back to her childhood... "I knew I wanted to be a romance novelist when I was 12. It... read more

Sylvia Day’s sex scenes and advice on threesomes

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning romance novels sold in more than 40 countries. Her books have topped lists in 23 countries, with 16 million of copies in print. (That was a lot of numbers, wasn’t it... read more

Shortlisted Sofie shares some sage, sensible suggestions

The Miles Franklin Award for literature has been handed out in Australia almost every year since 1957. Stella Miles Franklin herself stipulated that the prize was “to be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any... read more

Are you sitting down? Fleur McDonald’s writing tips

Fleur McDonald is one of Australia’s leading authors of rural fiction and her first novel, Red Dust was the highest selling debut in 2009. In March 2015 she released her sixth book, Emerald Springs, but it was last year that she caught up with Allison Tait for our top... read more

Award-winning Judith Rossell on Picture Books

Judith Rossell has been involved in children’s books for more than 12 years – having written a dozen of her own books and illustrated more than 80. She teaches the course Writing Picture Books for the Australian Writers’ Centre in Melbourne. Her latest book, a beautifully illustrated junior novel called... read more

“My First Time” #3: Fleur McDonald

They say it’s a great thing to find your own niche as a writer, and Fleur McDonald has done just that – over the past six years (and six books) becoming the ‘Voice of the Outback’. They also say to write what you know, and Fleur also ticks most of... read more

We chat with the author of Australia’s most underrated book

Jane Rawson’s debut novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists was last year was named ‘Australia’s most underrated book’ in a literary prize that rewarded books that had not received the recognition or readership judges thought they deserved. Intrigued, we made our list and made... read more

Six reasons you should start writing your novel now

When you are a writer, you meet a lot of people who want to be writing. The guy in my local cafe has a fantasy novel that he’s been researching for about seven years. A friend of mine has been working on a novel for 20 years. The beautiful... read more

Liane Moriarty’s 3 tips for writers

Our top-rating podcast So you want to be a writer features a regular ‘Writer in Residence’ segment – where an author, editor or other industry professional has a chat with either one of our awesome presenters, Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo. In episode 25, Allison spoke to Liane Moriarty, whose... read more

How to avoid a saggy middle

Saggy Middle Syndrome. We all know what it is. A novel that starts brilliantly well – vivid, intriguing and compelling – yet somehow, around the middle of the book, you find yourself beginning to yawn. You check the pages to see how many are left before the end of the chapter.  You... read more

Novels – the long and the short of it

At the new year, there was a quote doing the rounds. It went something along the lines of “today is the first page of a 365 page book – make it a great one.” (Hang on, hasn’t that just described a diary?) Anyway, after clicking “like”, I started wondering just... read more

Kylie Ladd on mothers, daughters, writing

Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer and part-time neuro-psychologist. So, the usual mix then. Her previous three books have all gone gangbusters – picking up many accolades along the way. She spoke with Allison Tait recently for our podcast "So you want to be a writer". They... read more