My workshop ‘Writing With Children: How to have a novel and a family’ on Wednesday went extremely well, despite a few technical issues (aren’t there always technical issues???).
Main three takeaways from that one:
• You must give yourself permission to write and make it a priority (because no-one else will)
• We’re all busy, all the time, but we can decide what we want to be busy about
• Getting a novel written is all about deeply unsexy things such as routine and discipline. If you wait for the Muse, you’ll never get it done.
I had a wonderful group of writers and the feedback has been fantastic, so I’m thrilled. Relieved and thrilled.
On Thursday I headed off to the State Library for a panel on Social Media for Writers, along with Jan Cornall, Kylie Scott and the effervescent Walter Mason moderating.
Main three takeaways:
• Don’t try to do everything all at once – choose what’s easy for you, and start with that.
• No matter which platform you choose, engage with people, don’t simply blast messages and links at them.
• It’s never too soon to begin. Social media is about time in the game, as much as time spent on the platform.
It was a really fun, lively panel, and I will never forget Walter’s tips for smooth elbows (wear avocado skins on them for a while) – something he learnt via Twitter!
Sunday was Family Day and it was HUGE. I took the boys with me and they were beyond excited to see Andy Griffiths speak (almost as excited as I was to meet him), and loved every minute of the Illustrator Battle Rounds. We visited Belinda Murrell in her Magic Garden, and I had a chance to read my book (as well as a Famous Five adventure) in the Enid Blyton StoryTime Clubhouse (that’s me reading in the photo, supplied by the lovely Emma Noble). Seriously, it was like being part of the Secret Seven.
I have no takeaways from Sunday, beyond the fact that kids are the best fans and being at Sydney Writers’ Festival wearing a participant’s lanyard was one of the most exciting experiences of my writing life to date.
And now, back to the computer…