E. J. Dawson

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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

Social media is not a monster. No, listen, keep reading, hear me out. I know you’re an introverted writer. I know that we’ll use any excuse to stay indoors (ok, but I’m in Melbourne and lockdown 4 does suck but so does covid so be safe). But if you are going to be a writer, readers need a way to find you, and that’s why your author brand is so important. When… Read More

Hard Lessons Learnt – Writing your #neurodiverse self is more than what to write, but your #writerslife as an #ND #author

Those not on the social platform Twitter will have missed the enlightening conversations happening around neurodiverse authors and their writing being policed. I say this knowing full well that I myself have struggled with the idea of what it is to be an ND author. That writing our own unique story telling voices are breaking traditional rules of writing. I want to address the specifics of what I’ve uncovered in my battle… Read More

Just writing the title of this blog post is sending my skin crawling. It’s a physical effort to type. But I can’t not. I can’t not say something about being neurodiverse now while its fresh, clear and concise in my head, even if this blog post might not be – not if you’re neurotypical. On Friday night I had a meltdown. I’ve spoken about having a meltdown before but I need you,… Read More

Writing a whole novel, an honest over 70k full and complete manuscript, tears out your soul. But that doesn’t change that you wrote a whole book.

Writer Resources – You want to write a/nother novel? Here’s a list of top notch inspiration and resources to get you started. #amwriting #writerslife #writingcommunity #writers #writerscafe

Sometimes it takes another person to tell you that your story… is simply wonderful. Sometimes it takes another person to tell you that your story… is bloody awful. But what is it that a Beta Reader does, how do they do it, and what really is the difference between them and the host of other people who can read your script? After you’ve written a book, the first thing to do is… Read More