Girls

Girls

International Day of the Girl For Girls Everywhere The United Nations has marked 11 October as the International Day of the Girl, initiated five years ago. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights as children and as they become women. The regular 10-minute writing exercise for our meet-up groups in Sydney Writers' Circle produced these thoughtful pieces, even when masked by humour My life as a woman …
Thoughts of the Buddha

Thoughts of the Buddha

Thoughts of the Buddha: A Crossroads At the age of 80, this crossroads on my lifelong journey, I ponder whether to take the right or the left road. Come to think of it, I don't need to. I should go straight ahead. I should go straight ahead, loosen the grip I've held on my family and friends, cut off the strings of attachment I have for them, let go of the greed for wealth and fame, and follow the path that the Buddha has taught us to seek. …
Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

For a recent exercise in writing strong dialogue containing conflict, David Kelly from our Thursday evening group was awarded ‘writer of the week’. Here’s the dialogue, short but punchy: Conflict or what? ‘You get the fuck out of my house,’ Miranda yelled at Jack. ‘It’s both ‘our house’ Miranda,’ Jack yelled …

Writing tip from historical romance novelist

Writing tip from historical romance novelist

Writing tip What advice does the best-selling historical romance novelist, Anna Campbell, give to 'aspiring' writers? 'Stick to your guns and write a complete manuscript. Personal experience indicates you’ll hear a siren voice whispering to you about 100 pages in, insisting that what you’re writing is terrible and you should try this new wonderful idea. That siren voice is actually your fear speaking. Don’t listen to it. …