Category: Writing Life

The Viennese Spirit

Over the past few days, I’ve been an outsider here in Vienna, attempting to reach some kind of understanding about what sort of people the Viennese are.  I’ve caught glimpses: the cloakroom manager at the ballet’s obvious regard for rules, the assertiveness of people in the queue.  People’s desire to help, but only within the Read More …

New Year, New Book

I’m writing this from a cafe in the beautiful city of Vienna, where I will be spending the next month as a KulturKontakt Artist-in-Residence, in conjunction with the Austrian government.  It’s a stunning jungle in a massive greenhouse called the Palmenhaus, very close to the Austrian National Library, where I have also been spending much Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Writing In The Digital Age

Today, Annabel Smith is publishing her exciting new novel The Ark: a dystopian tale about the breakdown of society in the face of an environmental disaster. Sounds interesting, right? But this isn’t an ordinary publication. Alongside the eBook and physical book, Annabel is releasing an interactive app to enhance the reading experience. She’s even encouraging Read More …

This Is How To Write A Book

It starts with an idea. You can’t predict where it’ll come from, but you’ll know when it’s arrived. Perhaps it’s the light casting from a swimming pool, or something you read in the newspaper, or something benign you see on television. It’s something in the world around you that at one particular moment rings as Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Tools of the Trade

James Joyce favored bits of crayon on cardboard; John Steinbeck liked pencil, always keeping twelve freshly-sharpened implements close at hand.  Alexander Dumas colour-coded his paper: blue for fiction, yellow for poetry, pink for articles.  But does any of it really matter?  Would the Grapes of Wrath have been any different if written in pen? In Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Why Do You Write?

For this month’s Writer’s Ask Writer’s Blog series, we are plunging our hands into the soil, trying to discover the wiry roots of why we pursue writing in the first place.  I feel the compulsion to write all the time, but explaining why or where that comes from feel like explaining why I walk on my Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: A Day in the Literary Life Of

This month in our ‘Writers Ask Writers’ blog series, we’ve asked: which other writer, living or dead, we would like to be for a day? I’d also like to welcome our guest blogger, Kirsten Krauth, author of newly published Just A Girl who blogs over at Wild Colonial Girl.  When Sara Foster first suggested this topic, I was excited.  I thought of Read More …