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Want to be a better writer? 6 Questions to Ask

Writing well, (to be a better writer) both for comprehension and for style and beauty is an art form that requires continuous improvement: improvement in form, style, learning the rules so you know when to break them, learning when to rely on the classical forms of rhetoric and when to seek to cut through the brush and find new and uniquely you ways of expressing yourself. Metaphors, synonyms, antonyms, similes. Beauty, ugly, honorific, soporific, deriding, motivating, cutting, seeking to find solace in the past or Continue reading →

You are not special

A few years ago I spent six months in between positions in higher education working in retail hospitality: a cafe in a busy mall. I wrote this reflection in the midst of that experience. Each Christmas I am reminded by the lessons buried deep within muscle memory from that time. _____________________________________________________________________________ Working with ‘the public’ for the last four or five months, one pervasive attitude has struck me as being detrimental to our communities growing and thriving. It’s something that I don’t see the church Continue reading →

Writing for Good in the world

I love to write when creativity strikes and while I would contend that is in a place of unbridled creativity that my best ideas come it is not usually where I can expect to write polished pieces. But what is writing for Good? Often the moments of creativity produce sparks and tangents that take time, control, and discipline to flesh out into fully developed arguments that flow. I often have to go back after I have posted to fix spelling and grammar mistakes, and to Continue reading →

Writing a Book Proposal

While more and more writers are going the self published route, pitching book proposals is hardly a dying art! In fact, these skills are useful for any writer – no matter the genre. Prepar­ing Your Submission Step 1. Get ready for rejec­tion. If you can’t han­dle rejec­tion do not try to pub­lish books. Step 2. Write a pro­posal. Don’t bother with unso­licited manuscripts. Writ­ing a Proposal Pro­pos­als look a lit­tle some­thing like this: Title Short bio of yourself Sum­mary Audi­ence Need Com­pet­ing volumes Poten­tial endorsers Word Length Continue reading →

Words that Work

My mother had a book I coveted. It was hard covered and had yellowed endpapers. It wasn’t particularly beautiful but it was the book I turned to most often for words that work. It was filled with synonyms and antonyms. It reminded me that words dance with each other, they define each other, they grow and change over time. The evidence for the definition of a word is best found in how it is used. Read that again: the definition of a word is not Continue reading →

Missive from under the goanna tree #4

This is the opportunity I take to share a summary of my words, some of the words of others that I find inspiring, an image, and some fun facts about who is reading! You can read the first missive here. And see a list of all the missives here. This is the place that we meet. Under the goanna tree. This is the place we dream, and wander, and imagine. This is the place we hope and plan. This is the place we question and Continue reading →

Media Kit Request

Are you looking for Anna Blanch Rabe’s Media Kit? You’ve come to the right place! Thanks for your interest in finding out more about working with me. Fill in the form below to request a media kit! _____________________________________ Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting. Join me on Facebook     Chat with me on Twitter    Connect on Instagram Sign up for Overland From Oz Updates    More Photography Anna Blanch Rabe is an Australian-born writer and photographer.  She has been published in a range of academic and popular Continue reading →