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  Field of Words Director, Eileen Herbert-Goodall, was fortunate enough to recently catch up with acclaimed author Nick Earls at a little café in Brisbane suburbia…here’s a transcript of their conversation where Nick spoke about the changing nature of reading, writing and publishing, along with his soft spot for the novella form.     E – Hi Nick, Thanks for agreeing to meet. Given our mutual interest in the novella, I was hoping we couldRead More
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Interview With a Memoirist

Posted on July 21, 2017
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  Recently Field of Words Director, Eileen Herbert-Goodall, had the pleasure of bouncing around a few ideas with award-winning author and memoir  mentor, Patti Miller. Here’s a transcript of their discussion… E – Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Patti…no doubt many Field of Words followers will be keen to read about your thoughts and impressions regarding the writing process. You’re known as a ‘real-life’ author and teacher. Do you also write fiction? PRead More
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What is the difference between poetry and prose writing? I’ll try to write my way to an answer. For me, writing—all writing—has always been about rhythm: the mind replaying a persistent tune, heart caught up in the palpitations. And finding the words to make sense of it all. I’m not alone in this. Short story writer Amy Hempel talked about the potential of musicality in a sentence, of starting a story knowing. Pic by MarawanRead More
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A Second Guest Post by Children’s Author Megan Higginson In my last post The Number One Myth About Writing for Children. Busted! we established that writing a children’s picture book appears to be easy. But, writing a good children’s picture book takes hard work and dedication to perfect the craft. I have been told that it gets easier. I have yet to arrive at that point. What are some other elements that you need toRead More
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A Guest Post by Children’s Author Megan Higginson Picture books are easy to write. Right! Publishers are inundated by picture book manuscripts. Why? Because many believe that picture books are easy to write, and crafting one often entails something like the scenario: ‘Hey, Megan. Guess what? I had an idea for a children’s book while reading to my kids Friday night.’ ‘That’s fantastic!’ ‘Yep! I slaved over it all weekend and sent it to aRead More
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  The internet has changed the publishing industry immeasurably over the last few years. Self-publishing used to be a costly process. Now, an author can self-publish their books and distribute them using platforms like CreateSpace, Lulu, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo etc., with little or no upfront costs. While self-publishing has become a lot easier, generating sales has not – it requires a lot of work. In this post, I’ll talk about my experiences with self-publishing booksRead More
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Show, Don’t Tell…

Posted on January 10, 2017
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  I’d like to begin this post by sharing the following quote: There are three areas in which the writer is particularly vulnerable to telling rather than showing:when he tells what happened before the story began;when he tells what a character looks like; and when he tells what a character senses…what he sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes. ~ Sol Stein Apt advice indeed; but what does it actually mean to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’Read More
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  Hello Dear Readers, The last time we got together, I had a bit of a soppy, whiny, whinge about rejection, and as good as that felt – for me, and for some of you apparently – I can’t revisit that space again because, well, I’ve had a story picked up for publication. Happy days! Such are the peaks and troughs of the writer’s existence (or to borrow from Mary Poppins, such is the spoonfulRead More
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Copyright Fundamentals

Posted on August 19, 2016
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  When training or presenting in the field of creative writing, I’m often asked about copyright: my first response is to inform people that I’m not a solicitor and therefore not qualified to give professional advice on the issue. That being said (and, yep, it counts as my disclaimer), I can share some general information about copyright law as it exists in Australia. What is copyright? Simply put, copyright is a legally binding system thatRead More
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Bounce

Posted on July 4, 2016
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  So, this week’s been a little on the difficult side. Hold on, who am I kidding: it been a crappy week, in terms of my writing, at least. Three rejections: one for a novel; one for an anthology; and one for two stories entered into a competition (does that make it four rejections? Probably). And that totally blows. I know we’re not supposed to say stuff like that out loud; we’re supposed to beRead More