Over the next few months, we’re looking forward to sharing regular interviews with writers and publishers, from all walks of literary life, that will help guide you on your own writing path.
This month's author spotlight is on one of our favourite Australian writers, Anna Spargo-Ryan. Anna is a Melbourne based writer, published by Pan Macmillan, who's just released her new novel titled The Gulf. We sat down with Anna to talk about her writing journey and have published a full Q&A with her on Tablo.
Anna has shared some brilliant and practical advice for new writers – here are some gems:
‘Finish your work before you send it out. If you think you're finished, look again. If you still think you're finished, have someone else look at it. Then if you're finished, send it.
Write what you know’ is garbage advice. Start with what you know, and build on it. Write what you wish you knew, so you have an excuse to learn about it.
Don't despair. That's a funny joke, because most writers I know despair at least once a week, but don't let the hard work get you down. It is hard work. Most writers start writing because they love it, and then they realise how much it's actually like work, and when it starts to feel like work, they want to stop. Writers often think ‘hard work’ is the same thing as ‘no talent’. It's not true. Keep going.
Read. Read so much your eyes fall out and then fashion them into a bookmark.’
You can read the rest of Anna's interview here. Anna has also shared a chapter from her new book The Gulf on Tablo, in addition to a deleted scene and sample chapter from her first novel The Paper House.
Enjoy! And all the best with your writing,