E. J. Dawson

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The Art of Craft – Staring down at the block of wood, in a kind of guitar shape, it occurred to me, that this was a first draft. #writing #writers #book #writerslife #editing #writingcommunity

Nano Hangover – Pouring out all those words leaves your tank empty. Stop and refill. Got more gas? Story isn’t over yet…

30 Days of Nano – Mini-blog series; find more tips to surviving #Nanowrimo2021

Nano is here and if you don’t know what it is, its basically a competition against yourself to write fifty thousand words on a new book. Many people use this as a chance to just finish a novel, get one started, developing great writing habits, and you can do all of those things. This year I’m not competing but I am writing for the whole months of November and I’m sharing 30… Read More

COME MEET THE AUTHOR! Kindly hosted by the lovely V. E. Patton, I’m inviting you to an online event to come meet me, talk about Behind the Veil, but also get this exceptional swag pack for one lucky winner! Click here to sign up for an invitation. Minus the champagne – it will still be a bit early for that in Australia – but a chance for both those of you who’ve… Read More

Journeying Pain Most writes say that their writing life is a journey and that it’s different for every writer. Ups and downs, versions of success, what they’re writing and how its published. So many different paths to take. But we have one thing in common: the doubt. The “what if” thoughts that are never or rarely optimistic, and if they are, many contain an overwhelming chunk of inevitable disappointment. I remember the… Read More

HELLO, I’M HERE. CAN YOU SEE ME? BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM (EXCERPT FROM ‘WRITE THAT BOOK – HELPFUL RAMBLINGS OF A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR’) If you want to be seen as a writer, you need to build an author platform, a brand if you like. Yes, you can most certainly do this before your book is published, or even written. What is an author platform? An author platform is simply a writer’s presence… Read More

I’ve spent some time querying, so when I started with Literary Wanderlust as an intern I was not prepared for how subjective the experience was going to be on the other side. I vividly remember the first few queries addressed to me with an absolute thrill that someone wanted me to look after their work. I read through them carefully, and there were brilliant stories there. But some of them weren’t for… Read More

  Over the years I’ve come to recognize the Writing Community on Twitter as… complicated. And no, this isn’t your Facebook relationship status kind of complicated. Whether or not I think these people should be named is irrelevant because it incites the very behavior I am about to admonish.   I have a few followers, I don’t follow everyone back, I talk about why repeatedly. I do follow accounts that I interact… Read More

  I’m going to start by telling you all something I’m very proud of; I’m a panster.   I rarely plot a novel, I have a few images in my head and an end scene usually and that end scene in my head often drives the rest of the story. The sense of discovery and how it comes to that point. Sometimes it’s in reverse and I have an opening idea, a… Read More