Craig Bolland is a novelist (I Knit Water), playwright and literary critic. He is an Associate Lecturer at QUT and also has extensive experience in corporate communications and writing for new media.
A friend of mine works as a lawyer for a big firm in the city. He works pretty long hours, but every month or so he finds the time to dash out a short story in his lunch break. These stories are very good. They almost always get published. Knopf has just bought the American rights to his first collection for a tidy sum. Heâ€™s over the moon.
In this article, Iâ€™ll share the Big Secret that allows him to do so well as a writer while only ever dabbling at the edges of the craft.
First, though, Iâ€™d like to tell you about two other friends of mine. One of them, Claire, is a renowned cellist. Last month she played the Royal Albert Hall in London and sheâ€™s off to Vienna in June. Claire used to work in the fragrance section of Myer, but on her way home after work a few years ago, she happened to wander into Ellawayâ€™s Music. She sat down at a cello and found that the notes just poured out of her. Sheâ€™s barely needed so much as a single lesson!
My other friend is an Olympic swimmer. He makes a six-figure income each year from his sport through sponsorships and so on. Heâ€™s a solid bet for a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. My friend never trains. He doesnâ€™t need to, heâ€™s that talented. He lives solely on a diet of pizza and cola. Heâ€™s grossly overweight. He spends most of his days in bed, is depressed and alcoholic and â€¦
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