6 free life-changing resources for writers

30 December 2016 / Leave a Comment
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These free resources will change your writing life. Discover helpful tips for writing and marketing, free ebooks, superfood recipes to help with brain mush and yoga and hypnosis for clear, creative thinking!


1. Create If Writing - podcast and website
Kirsten Oliphant's catchphrase is 'this is the podcast for writers, bloggers and other creatives who want to build an online platform without feeling smarmy'. She's a writer, blogger and authentic platform builder and I trust her! I'm now listening to everything on her podcast feed and her website is also full of helpful resources for writers and bloggers.


2. Gutenberg Project - free ebooks
I still can't believe all these books are free! If it's a classic and it's out of copyright, it's probably available here. Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy and Bronte, if they don't need a first name, their stories are most likely on the list. Dead easy to download on your tablet or to read on your phone.


3. Howlarium - website
I've been a fan of Jason Howell's writing and this website for a long time now. Instead of doing the usual Q&A of predictable questions with one writer, Jason asks one unusual, thought-provoking question of many writers.


4. My New Roots - food blog
Sarah Britton has changed the way I think about food. I learn so much about nutrition from reading the introductions to her recipes. If you're sitting at your keyboard trying to squeeze words out of brain mush, go and cook one of her healthy recipes full of brain foods - think nuts, chia seeds and other superfoods! Her food is colourful, tasty and each bite feels as though it's a magic potion doing something good for you.


5. Tara Stiles Yoga - YouTube videos
Tara Stiles's yoga videos have become an important part of my daily routine. Her videos are fast-moving, so you don't get bored, and easily explained. She has videos from as little as 5 or 10 minutes a day for beginners through to advanced. Try her programs for focus and productivity!


6. Absolute Mind - podcast
Struggling with staying focused, negative thinking or motivation? Then this is the podcast for you. Paula Sweet of Absolute Mind delivers hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness podcasts to address many different issues. Get into an altered state of being and have her work peacefully and powerfully on detangling your mind.



I'm Rowena. I'm an author and blogger. My latest novel is The Replacement Wifeavailable as an ebook from HarperCollins, from $2.99. Luisa tries to exit an unhappy marriage, happily.


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My ultimate reads 2016 - not what you think!

23 December 2016 / 1 comment

Sure I've read some awesome books in 2016. I've ploughed through Anaïs Nin's collections of short stories, I've discovered Miranda July, I've been reminded that writing should never get in the way of living in Phillip Roth's The Ghost Writer, I've loved Lois Lowry's The Giver, Neil Randall's The Butterfly and the Wheel and Olga Grushin's The Line, but the two pieces of writing that have touched me the deepest are by my two children.


Above is a little poem my 9-year-old wrote about a convict girl coming out on a ship to Australia. Her teacher told me 'I had to read it'. My heart almost burst with pride when I read her line 'Little hands smudged on the window' ...


And then below is a little story my 6-year-old wrote, titled 'The hot Christmas'. He has only just finished his first year of school. He started the year writing his S's and his Z's and his 2's back to front. Sometimes an S was a 2.

But by the end of the year, he can write descriptions like '... I heard a scatter in the dark. It was like an airplane crashing in a thunder storm ...'




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Book review: The first bad man by Miranda July

13 December 2016 / Leave a Comment

The First Bad Man is such an original tale. It's been called quirky or oddball, but that doesn't do it justice. Each turn of events feels meticulously planned out. So many original ideas and stories, it delves into the underbelly of our strangest desires; so-called 'adult games', fight simulations, unorthodox relations between the young and the old. Miranda July is an artist, film-maker and actress, and she has a very different way of looking at the world. It was nice to step into July's world for a while, to feel uncomfortable, yet comforted by other people's strangeness, to feel shocked and surprised, but ultimately I felt enlightened by her clever writing style and excellent characterisation.




Miranda July book review

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Free ebook for subscribers!

6 December 2016 / Leave a Comment

Subscribe to my newsletter about writing, reading and publishing in the digital revolution and receive a free ebook of Love Potion - a collection of flash fiction and a short story about love, heartbreak and stitching the heart together again ...


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