• Telling Your Story

    Mining for Precious Metals

    There are many similarities between your life and mine. We are born, we go to school, we get jobs, maybe get married, have kids and so on. But each of us has our own experience within those similarities. And not everyone gets married or has kids. Or they may get married, then widowed or not be able to have children or choose not to have children. So how does a writer tell their life story without boring the pants off the reader? Do I want to hear about your life if it’s been similar to mine? Maybe yes, to a degree, because we all like to connect with someone with…

  • Telling Your Story

    What Makes a Good Story?

    One of my most vivid childhood recollections is listening to the ABC radio. They had weekly readings of stories that were read by a man with a rich baritone voice in an English accent. How could you not be mesmerised? And the story that I remember most vividly is, Watership Down by Richard Adams. I can remember sitting outside in the sun with the radio balanced on a fallen log, my mother in the distant garden, my ear almost glued to the speaker, the reader’s voice oozing out of the radio like pure treacle. From then on my love for the written word was deeply ingrained. The combination of the wonderful reading…