What do a monk, a spider monkey, a clifftop temple and a tsunami have in common? They all feature in my fourth novel, an epic adventure in which an immortal cocaine-addicted scientist, a super-intelligent monkey and a naive monk join forces to overthrow an evil priestess in a race against time against the mother of all tsunamis!
For the month of June I have the privilege of being Emerging Writer-in-Residence at the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA and I will be working intensively on this new novel. It is a huge departure for me in terms of style and content, and is also much more plot-driven than anything I have written before. So I am on a steep learning curve and being challenged in new ways every time I sit at my desk – which is what I love about writing.
The last time I had a writing intensive I wrote 10,000 words in one week. If I could match that pace for this residency I would be close to finishing a first draft, which would be amazing. But I don’t want to be unrealistic in my expectations and put myself under too much pressure. Most weeks writing at home I average between 1000 and 200 words, so anything I can write over and above that figure will be wonderful.
As well as working on my novel, I will be conducting mentoring sessions with early career writers, and running two workshops, one on Social Media for Writers, and a second on the art of plotting.
I have also been invited to speak at a dinner commemorating 75 years of the Fellowship of Australian Writers in WA.
I’ll update you on my progress as I go, so watch this space, and if there’s anything in particular you’d like to know about my residency, or my new novel, sing out in the questions.
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