Life

November Goals.

November, November. The year is very rapidly drawing to a close, and so I must once again take stock of the ambitious goals I set myself for the remaining days. Last month I wanted to write a set amount and read a set amount that I did not accomplish. Perhaps November, with its cold nights […]

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Life

October Goals.

And onwards into October. To set the scene, Berlin has descended into a hard and fast winter, where I’ve been caught out unexpectedly in 2 degree temperatures with only a jacket because I didn’t know it would be so cold, so fast. But I’ve pulled all my long socks, jumpers and scarves from their boxes […]

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Books & Writing

How to plot your novel (free template).

If you’re writing a story for Wattpad, or a novel you want to publish one day, you might start by writing chapter one and two, and then… you might get stuck. Without a structure or a plot, it’s easy to get lost and not know how to get to your ending. You know, that happy […]

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Books & Writing

How to edit your novel using Fictionary.

When I finished writing my novel, Brew Books, I knew there was a HUGE task of editing in front of me. Honestly, where do you even start? When you’re staring at that big, messy manuscript, I bet you’re wondering, how do you possibly edit a novel? Are there any secret tips and tricks for editing […]

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Books & Writing, wattpad

How I got picked up by Wattpad.

Most people know I’ve always wanted to be an author, for as long as I can remember. I’ve written stories my whole life and it’s always been my dream to make a living from the words I write. But making money from writing is a gruelling business. So while I’m still working towards the goal […]

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Life

August Goals.

It’s literally nigh on 35 degrees as I write this, with a fan pointed directly into my (shiny with sweat from my bike ride) face. Yes, I get it, summer is here. Oh god, I get it. You’d think as an Australian I’d be somewhat well-adjusted to the heat, but I’m also used to air-conditioning […]

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Life

June Goals.

I’m still lowkey convinced that it’s February, so it’s kind of a big shock to write “June” in the headline of this blog post today. But oh, I can feel that this is going to be an amazing month. Spring has gone so quickly and summer has just tumbled out of nowhere. I’ve got some […]

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Life

Celebrating No Filter Zine’s first birthday.

On Thursday night at Das Gift in Neukölln, Berlin, a bunch of creatives came together to celebrate the first birthday of No Filter Zine, an indie creative nonfiction zine launched in Berlin by Alice Austin. To mark the anniversary of the launch, four writers read not-yet-published pieces, in keeping with the No Filter theme of […]

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Berlin, Life

Looking back at 2017.

Well, that’s it then. 2017 is done and dusted, as of today. In fact, in Australia (and, okay, New Zealand first) it’s already well into the new year. Here in Berlin, the fresh new start we’ve all been waiting for is a matter of hours away. And I think it’s important to take stock of […]

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Books & Writing

How to create a NaNoWriMo plot.

How is it November, already? I know it really doesn’t need to be said, but where is this year going? Wasn’t it just Spring five seconds ago? But the temperature is dropping, the trees are brilliant shades of gold and bronze, and Stranger Things is back on Netflix. And with November comes NaNoWriMo, the event […]

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Books & Writing

Important writing lessons from JK Rowling.

It’s no exaggeration to say that JK Rowling has actually changed and shaped my life. I discovered Harry Potter as a child and with that series of books I discovered my passion of reading and writing and cemented my life aspiration to become an author. As a kid I started a Harry Potter club at […]

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Books & Writing

Read Reprise.

So I write this blog for fun, but the main thing I love to write is young adult fiction. My completed novel, Reprise, follows 16-year-old Emily in her final year of high school, when she discovers the reality of her father’s 80s band.

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