What do you do as a day job?

I am a high school teacher. I have worked in rural South Australia, for 4 years, and now work in Adelaide, South Australia. I have taught Visual Art, Design, Photography, English, Drama and Digital Technologies. I currently work in a role whereby I do the Timetabling, run our learning management program and facilitate the end of term assessment and reporting requirements for a school of 1800. In 2020, I will begin studying to become a certified Growth Coach with the Beautiful You Academy.

Number one piece of advice for being a creative?

You do you. If creative to you is your large collection of scrunchies? Wear em with pride. Painting, poetry, gardening, writing, cooking, singing, interior design. Whatever creativity is to you, as long as it isn’t harming anyone, do it and enjoy it with a big smile. That doesn’t mean become stagnate, and don’t progress and experiment with new things. It means follow your creative soul and do what fills you with joy.

What learning resources would you recommend?

Join your local writing group. Mine is WritersSA and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Learn from the best. I did a Mini Masterclass with Fiona McIntosh and can 100% say this was the best thing I have ever done for my writing. (Read about that experience here). Getting ready to pitch, I’ve been devouring Jessica Brody’s The Complete Guide to Getting Published. Filled with examples, activities and knowledge, this has certainly simplified the process for me.

How are you building your community?

By attending workshops, free events, social media and writing groups. I participate in the occasional monthly hashtag challenge. I comment on people websites when I’ve enjoyed or found their content useful. I am active in my engagement. Geographical location doesn’t mean disadvantage anymore. Get out there and find your people.

Plugged or Unplugged? What do you do?

I do a mixture of both. I find unplugged allows me to think more abstractly, to draw and highlight, make connections and scribble (and not get distracted by the internets as easily) Digital creation is a lot more ordered for me.
I have restricted myself to one note book Moleskin, that I carry with me everywhere. I use OneNote for all of my manuscript notes, research, URL dumping, ideas and character descriptions. Scrivener is my choice for writing my manuscript, and while I ❤ it, I’m sure I’m only using 40% of its capabilities!