Wednesday, 23 January 2013

WIP Into Shape

My current WIP is in the final editing stages.  I hope.  I’m up to the sixth draft but I think there are another two on the way.

I am ridding the story of the unnecessary ‘he said, she said, he watched, she saw’ etc, hoping for a better flow of words and events.

‘Grapevines and Gum Trees’ will be my fourth published novel and I’ve learnt so much along the way.  I don’t think a writer ever stops learning.  Trends and writing styles change with the times as does technology, particularly in the publishing and marketing of books as we see now with the arrival of ebooks. 

Hopefully, though, a good story remains as such.

My story is set in the mid-eighties, in the small country town of Yarloop, in the area in which I live.  Why did I choose this era? 

Some of you may know that Australia’s mining industry has grown and prospered in the last few years.  Unfortunately, there are often dire consequences to the expansion of mining and industry.

Yarloop has undergone some tremendous changes since the time of the book’s setting and I wanted to showcase the area as it was.  There are some great memories embedded there.


  1. Good luck with your edits - hope the new book goes well. Just checking in from the WLC blogger connection. Hope you can follow mine over at

  2. So nice to read that someone else does many edits. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!