Freelance Jobs And International Travel

Claire Rosslyn Wilson shares some strategies for living between places and developing international networks as a creative freelancer. 


Make Professional Editing Work for You

This is a Building Blocs post from Allison K Williams, an experienced professional editor. 

Professional editing offers some choice lines of copy. In a recent manuscript I found this pearler. 

“He left the theatre, contemplating his own intensity.”


The Anxiety of Influence

Is your writing original? Probably not. But that’s no reason to get stressed about it. Raphaelle Race dives into the sea of neurosis that is the creative process.

The ‘anxiety of influence’ was first coined by one of America’s most beloved pomposities (also Professor of Humanities at Yale University), Harold Bloom. He used the term to talk about the fact that writers are constantly battling against every word they’ve ever read – especially the people they admire most – when the try to create original work.


The Art of Romance

Justin Heazlewood, on the art of balancing a relationship and a creative career. 

When it comes to a choice of partner, there are two schools of thought. Some will be stimulated by those involved in the arts, while others will welcome an outside perspective. In comedy, it’s common for neurotic stand-ups to marry their grounded publicists or managers, while many visual artists I know form romantic collaborations with fellow practitioners.


Family Management

Justin Heazlewood, author of Funemployed, on the family frustrations unique to artists. 


Building Blocs | Who's Afraid of Isaac Asimov?

A guide to avoiding savage nerds converging upon your innocent science fiction story and ripping it to shreds. 


Raphaelle Race


The journey into writing science fiction can be perilous. No writer with a brain wants to accidentally alienate the hard-line physics nerds or quantum theory junkies who lurk in their own parallel universe in specially designated areas like insultingly stupid movie physics.


Building Blocs | Self Care

This is a Building Blocs piece on checking oneself before one wrecks oneself.

If you write from home, chances are, things get a little weird sometimes. Most of the time it’s just you, your big old brain, and a computer. There are probably half-empty cups of tea everywhere, and your version of ‘getting ready’ in the morning is simply having a shower and changing into a different pair of trackies.


How to Write Sex

Have you always wanted to write a sex scene, but don’t know how to start?

Maybe the whole thing terrifies you, or you could just be terribly confused about the whole thing. We’ve done the dirty business of asking some of our favourite authors how they put together sexy, steamy, thrilling words about people having it off.

How to Write Sex



Trust Issues | How To Make Friends With Your Editor

This is a Building Blocs Piece, on building relationships between freelancers and editors.

Editors are the literal gatekeepers to publication. Learning how to build good relationships with editors is one of the most important skills for freelance writers seeking success.

Portrait of Gatekeeper – Supplied



How To Win The Booker

This is is the Writers Bloc Guide to winning the Man Booker, the greatest literary prize in the world.

The Man Booker Prize is the most prestigious English-language prize for literature in the world. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and those on the shortlist are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus the added bonus of a massive increase in book sales around the world.



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