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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Novelist Natasha Lester on how she uses Scrivener

Bestselling author and AWC presenter Natasha Lester discovered Scrivener after becoming fed up with Word, and hasn’t looked back! Check out this interview excerpt from our Facebook Live stream with Natasha at our recent Sydney meet-up, where she discusses how Scrivener was a game-changer for her novel writing process. From being able to

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Win a Literary Tea pack valued at over $100!

It’s a special giveaway this week – with one lucky winner scoring a delicious tea pack from the Literary Tea Co! With a slogan that reads “Drink more tea, read more books” we knew this was a match made in competition heaven. Each certified organic tea is blended here in

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Editing and collaborating in Google Docs

This is a guest post from Tamyka Bell, a Brisbane-based writer and tech enthusiast who will test-drive any new writing tool at least once. You can find her at cwordcreative.com.au. Tamyka wrote this post when she heard Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait talk about using “track changes” in Word in

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Valerie Khoo

Hack of the week: Make love to your apostrophe

When I’m using my smartphone, I almost develop a facial tick whenever I’m typing a word that needs an apostrophe. Usually, I’m on the go and want to minimise keystrokes and tap out a super quick message. But then comes a word that needs an apostrophe like: I’ll He’ll We’re

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How to use Scrivener to plan a book

I’ve written before about my love of Scrivener. And just when I thought I couldn’t love it any more, I find out something else about the program that makes me swoon! I’ve been playing around with Scrivener’s Outliner and I’ve discovered that, especially for a non-planner like me, it’s an

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

9 smart apps to make you a smarter writer

Want to be a smarter writer? Of course you do. Well, it’s going to mean more than knowing the difference between “its” and “it’s” (although, kudos for that too, by the way). These days, apps are where it’s at. Once you get beyond crushing candy, blitzing jewels and Kate-Uptonesque games

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

I recently blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so easy. In this post, I’m going to cover off three other features of

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Gifts for writers: Fifty Shades of "Yay"

Writers usually need a little organisation to balance their days. And the one place they spend the most amount of time is their keyboards. So it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two. There is nothing remotely complex about this gift idea from Poketo. It’s effectively

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Gifts for writers: Penguin’s got it covered

The famous saying suggests that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But that’s ridiculous. For starters, a book’s cover has its title on it, and the author who wrote it. Of course we’re going to judge it. Okay, yes, we are taking that rather literally. But it’s only

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Dean Koorey

5 reasons to save writing for a rainy day

Who loves writing on rainy days? A show of hands please. (No, not you mime artists ­– your entire act is a ‘show of hands’…) Okay, so quite a few of you. We agree that writing on a rainy day is awesome – there’s just something about it. But what

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Crowd Control: Crowdfunding Tips for Authors and Publishers

Right now, it seems everyone is raising money for something. Maybe you’ve already received a few emails this week from friends and family members asking for support. And maybe you’re fed up with very distant acquaintances asking you to give money to develop some technology you don’t understand, or create

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How to print out your highlighted passages from your Kindle

So you’ve devoured your fave books on Kindle and highlighted a bunch of passages that resonate with you. But how can you get those passages out of your Kindle and into a workable document (like Word or Evernote)?

Whether you want to print them out, use them in an article you’re writing (which you’ll attribute correctly of course!) or something else entirely, here’s how you can do it:

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Publishing startup Tablo launches social network for authors

Here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we love social media and connecting with other writers around the world. When this press release arrived in our inbox we were pretty excited. We think it looks promising – but what do you think? Would you use Tablo?

From press release:

Publishing startup Tablo today announced the launch of new social features for its cloud-based e-book publishing service. This marks the biggest shift in the platform since its launch in 2013.

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Valerie Khoo

How to find time to write: advice from the experts

As a writer (or wannabe writer) you’re often juggling many other priorities and it’s easy for writing to become the last item on your to-do list. So how do you find the time to write?

The short answer is: you make time. There is no way to wave a magic wand and hope that more than 24 hours will somehow appear in your day. If you want time to write, you are the only person who can make this happen.

Too many writers think: “I’ll write that when I have more time” or “I’ll wait till I retire or the kids grow up”. The reality is that’s an excuse. If you really want to succeed as a writer then you need to … write! And the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll succeed. Because guess what? It takes time to…

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Gift idea: Scented candles named after books

We love these gorgeous scented candles. Whether you want some mood lighting for a cosy night in, or to burn a citrus scent for some zing in the office, the great thing about these candles is that each of them are named after a well-known book! From Murphy & Daughters,

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Poster: A Visual Compendium of Typewriters

We have a bit of a typewriter obsession here at the Australian Writers’ Centre. In fact, it isn’t surprising to find our national director Valerie Khoo trawling through antique stores in search of the perfect vintage typewriter.

So we couldn’t resist sharing this awesome poster with you.

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