The writer’s journey towards getting published is a difficult path. And the minute a publisher offers to pay you for your writing, it’s time to rejoice. Be wary, but rejoice nevertheless. I’ve only started legal writing five or six years ago. It can be one of the most tedious writing chores one can get into, but not if you love making the complex realities of the law into professional but simple language. For me, it was the push I needed to rekindle my desire for creative writing. To this day, the passion for writing anything creative (be it fiction, non fiction or poetry) is rooted to what I do as a legal author. Last week, I was offered (well, okay, I re-pitched for it, big time) a brand new Publishing Agreement to continue writing more stuff as a legal/academic/scholarly author for Thomson Reuters Australia. The pay is not big, but I get to keep all the royalties this time (I had to share the royalties with two other authors who have now left the writing team) and is enough to feed me on a month-to-month basis (translate: enough pay to cover my food and sundries each month). It’s also not creative writing. But who’s to say I can’t put some creativity in writing about legal decisions and the law? So this is to thank all my lucky stars for bringing me more confidence and more writing work. This is to all the writers out there finding their way towards more creativity. May this blessing spread far and wide.
It’s a pleasure to be interviewed by writer extraordinaire Charles Raines on his exciting repertoire / blog full of colour and delight. Charles is the author of several awesome books, including ‘Stranger in Translation’ and ‘The Man with the Mandolin’.
Thanks, Charles Raines!
It has always been a dream to have my writing appreciated by my own alma mater, so I am thrilled that the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Library has now added my book titles in their new Catalogue > Special Collections of UTS Authors. Now everyone at my old Uni will be able to read my mushy writing!
I interviewed the prolific and compassionate author/editor/educator, Rosie Scott, on how the social and cultural influences in her life have informed her literary work and passion. Read my narrative on Rosie HERE or check out the piece in the READING menu.