One of the hardest parts of being a writer is playing the waiting game. As writers, whether emerging or established, we spend a lot of time waiting. We wait for inspiration. We wait to hear back from publishers. We wait for edits. We wait for feedback. We wait to be published. We wait to be … Continue reading Interview with Alicia Tuckerman
Give yourself the best chance to succeed. Last post we talked about how to finish a manuscript and begin thinking about submitting it. One of the scariest things for me as a writer is the idea that you get ‘one chance’. Sure, there are a lot of publishers and a lot of competitions and across … Continue reading Following the Rules: How to Prepare a YA Manuscript for Submission
(And be proud of your efforts) You can’t have a book published if you don’t finish writing the book. If you want to be published, you have to write. Finishing a novel, as you probably know, is not easy. Most writers fail to be published because they either never finish their book, or give up … Continue reading How to Write a YA Novel
CW: Sexual assault. Kindly fuck off if you disagree: but consent is good, sexual assault is bad. Black and white. Right? I know this. You know this. They teach it in schools. It’s written into law. My toddler even has a basic grasp of ‘your body, your choice’. What I want to talk about is … Continue reading Black, White and Grey: Navigating consent and the ‘Dangling Carrot’ conundrum within Queer YA Fiction.
There is this confusion in activism that being strong means never let anything touch you. People think it means having a thick skin, a core of rock and never feeling afraid. Sure, you can be all these things as an activist, but being vulnerable, being scared and being emotional doesn’t mean you’re not cut out … Continue reading You Are Enough: Queer activism and how being strong and being vulnerable are not mutually exclusive states.
System's fucked. In my previous post, I discussed why the word ‘diversity’ is fraught with problems and how there is a lack of power in the Queer writing community. Today we will delve deeper into how that power is established, distributed and withheld within the Australian YA community and how we as Queer writers can … Continue reading It’s not us, it’s them: How the system is built to keep Queer voices out.
Songs That Sound Like Blood, Jared Thomas (2016) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: ‘Roxy May Redding’s got music in her soul and songs in her blood. She … Continue reading Review: Songs That Sound Like Blood, Jared Thomas
You've read their book, now read their thoughts! I sat-down with Alison Evans (and by that I mean, I was sitting down when I wrote these questions and I'm guessing they were also sitting down when they emailed me their answers back) to get their insights on writing AusQueerYA, author earnings and the importance of … Continue reading Interview with Alison Evans
Content warning: swear words and generally angry rant ahead. I get it. I really do. I’ve fallen into the diversity trap multiple times in the last few weeks alone, but I’m putting a stop to it now. I’m calling for a blackout on the word ‘diverse’. And sorry to break it to you Straight people, … Continue reading Diversity: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Part 3: Capturing Your Characters In the last two posts on Writing LGBTQ+ Characters, we looked at brainstorming characters and how to build well-rounded people while avoiding lazy and/or offensive stereotyping. You might be sitting here now with a pretty awesome character in your head. They have a name, a hometown, they like documentaries and … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 3.