Once again our Writing Race was a huge success. Thank you so much to Special Guest Alan Baxter who joined us last week and to all our participants. Although there wasn’t a lot of discussion on the page, I have the suspicion is this was because everyone was too busy writing to chat! We had thirteen people join our writing circle last week, and of those who shared their final word count we had nearly five thousand words. What a wonderful effort everyone.

At halftime we had our customary quotes, contributed by the AWM Online staff’s favourites, and from Alan Baxter too.

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
Joyce Carol OatesTop of Form

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin

“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King.

This week I will be running the Writing Race solo so I hope you will come and keep me company. Bring your latest project; write, edit, or research along with us for the hour, and at the end share a tasty tidbit if you are so inclined.

I have exciting news about our Writing Race next week: we are going to be joined by international award-winning fantasy and quirky romance writer Louise Cusack!

Photo of Louise Cusack
Louise Cusack

Louise’s fantasy trilogy ‘Shadow Through Time’ tells the story of a young woman from our world being drawn into the sepia world of Ennae to fulfill her destiny. The series is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at all good e-book retailers. Louise has also published a series of quirky romances ‘Hapless Heroes’; this series is available exclusively on Amazon for Kindle readers. Louise has also been a writer-in-residence at the Queensland Writer’s Centre and mentors other writers through their manuscript development journey. She lives in Queensland near the ocean. To find out more about Louise you can visit her website, Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter.

Tonight’s Writing Race starts at 8:00pm. The Race will take the form of a comment stream within the Writing Race Event created on the AWM Facebook page. Just ‘join’ the event and then comment in the stream on the ‘AWM Writing Race’ Page. More information is available in our AWMonline Writing Race FAQs and here is the link to this week’s Writing Race Event.

We hope to see our writing community grow, so invite your friends and remember that we are here every week!

Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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