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How I got my inspiration for ‘Yellow Wool’

I knew I wanted to write about a girl in a caravan. One of those round-looking ones that are so ridiculously cute they just cry out to be the setting of a short story. But there was a problem:

I knew nothing about caravans.

The story I was writing was for the Newcastle Herald short story competition late last year. I had the bare bones in my head, but I needed to add the setting. And that setting needed to be a caravan, preferably in a pastel colour, and it needed to ooze with history.

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Personal challenge: more than 30 engaging stories in 2014 (ABC Open 500 words)


How quickly do you write?
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This is my February 2014 contribution to ABC Open 500 words (topic: PERSONAL CHALLENGE). I talk about my personal goal to write a blog piece every fortnight and submit to ABC Open every month in 2014.

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A free breakfast in New York

Kindness from strangers can turn up in all places – including on a chilly autumn morning in New York.

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ABC Open 500 words project: The kindness of strangers

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The worst present ever


I’ve always had the habit of giving people gifts that I would like to receive myself. But is that always a bad thing? In the case of the bright blue ukulele: apparently, yes.

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ABC Open 500 words project: Failure

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A complete shift in priorities

On becoming a mum.

This ABC Open 500 words piece describes what it’s like to go from career woman to mother overnight (and how now I couldn’t imagine life any other way).

ABC Open 500 words project: On the job


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Being a writer is lonely: 5 ways to change this (ABC Open Guest Blog)

This is my first post as a Guest Blogger for ABC Open

Type ‘being a writer is…’ into a Google search and it suggests the following top searches:

  1. Being a writer is lonely
  2. Being a writer is hard
  3. Being a writer is like having homework
  4. Being a writer is depressing

Now, that’s certainly a depressing Google search! But is loneliness something that all writers have to suffer?

Read my Guest Blogger piece on ABC Open for my top 5 tips on how to turn writing into less of solitary hobby and more of something enjoyable you can share with others – and you’ll find that the quality of your writing will improve at the same time.


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Water water everywhere

ABC Open 500 words – ‘The things we do for love’

July 2013

When the preparation for a medical test is almost unbearable

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