9 unexpected helpful lessons learnt as a freelance writer in 2016 A long list of the things I should probably not do">Marisa Wikramanayake reflects on 9 lessons learnt as a freelance writer in 2016

9 unexpected helpful lessons learnt as a freelance writer in 2016 A long list of the things I should probably not do

I think it is important to reflect on what lessons you have learnt so far from time to time especially when it comes to the business side of being a freelance writer. I think it is also important to acknowledge that some lessons you tend to have to keep learning over and over till they […]

52 writing prompts in 2017: Week 2

I need writing prompts. I am planning to write 52 short stories this year. A short story per week. Some will be terrible. A few won’t be. But the more I write, the better I will be at crafting a short story. There’s 52 weeks worth of writing prompts for those of you who also […]

3 amazing Australian authors I read in 2016 and absolutely loved Because I like to document moments that make me happy... like books...">The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan

3 amazing Australian authors I read in 2016 and absolutely loved Because I like to document moments that make me happy... like books...

I tend to stumble upon my books (matters not if it is work by Sri Lankan or Australian authors) and I started young. We have a bookcase in our house that spans the length of the downstairs study. It is mostly filled with modern day thrillers and what I refer to as airport novels – […]

Maudiegirl and the von Bloss Kitchen by Carl Muller

Maudiegirl and the von Bloss Kitchen by Carl Muller

The first author I read this year is not an Australian female writer but a Sri Lankan male one.  It was Carl Muller and his book Maudiegirl and the von Bloss Kitchen. I thought it would be prudent to try and read more POC authors this year as well as try to understand a bit […]

52 weeks of writing prompts Week 1

I need writing prompts. I am planning to write 52 short stories this year. A short story per week. Some will be terrible. A few won’t be. But the more I write, the better I will be at crafting a short story. I used to love writing short stories during English Essay periods in school. […]

The best Australian books that 7 Australian writers loved in 2016 And it then starts unfurling outwards in a chain reaction">Cover of the book Portable curiosities by Julie Koh

The best Australian books that 7 Australian writers loved in 2016 And it then starts unfurling outwards in a chain reaction

I wanted to write about some of the best books by other Australian writers that I had read and been blown away by during 2016. And then I thought – why not ask them who they read in 2016 that was amazing AND an Australian author? So that then I could have a list of books […]