Novel Journal!

I’ve never been much of a journaler. I always forget to continue journaling and end up with heaps of unfinished journals. For my university class, Novel 2, I have been keeping a journal and it’s been such a learning curb for me.

My little journal is a great place to keep all my ideas and to write down inspiration. I try and do a little bit each week to help keep me interested and inspired.

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Last week I sat down with Melbourne based author, Jasmine Cenci, for a chat about her book Brace For It and her upcoming project Broken Beer Bottles which is due for release at the end of the year.

Jasmine is a friend of mine from university and I have been wanting to do this interview since the beginning of the year, and possibly even a little before that. I think Jasmine is an amazing person. I’m biased of course, but I’ve spent the past year and a half hanging out, writing and collaborating with her, I’ve really grown to admire her. Her red hair is an outward representation of the fun and creative energy inside. She also has mad writing skills and the drive to take her dream of becoming a published author into her own hands and self-publish.

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Rewriting, a painful task for any writer. It’s one of the hardest parts of novel writing but it’s an important step. Robert Graves is famously quoted in saying that there is ‘no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting’ and that’s something to keep in mind!

It’s certainly a labour of love but if you are a serious writer looking to publish, it’s something you really need to do. It’s easy to slip into the mind set of creating the perfect first draft but that can also be a really detrimental idea. Your writing doesn’t need to be perfect on the first try but it can be improved upon, and that’s where rewriting comes in!

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