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. …
Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark Sydney Writers Circle meetup has recently been the subject of a study into group dynamics with a positive finding that we deliver the goods ... that is, helpful, gentle and 'affirming' feedback for emerging writers. …
Giant Frog Blog

Giant Frog Blog

SSOA writing coach Sharon Dean observes: I've always loved the following anecdote from the Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), who was friends with a frog called Happy. Recently, at Never Never Creek near Bellingen, I was privileged to have a similar experience with a Giant Barred Frog, who followed me around and at one point even sat on my foot. …
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

A Tribute to My Father, Donald Urquhart I think of my father every day, not only on Father’s Day. I loved him deeply; admired his intelligence, his resourcefulness, his warm sense of humour and his courage in adversity. He loved the Australian landscape: the desert; the mountains; the coast; the rainforests. …