The opening event was a fascinating one. Each of the five Ambassadors presented seven pieces of advice for new writers in a session called Seven Enviable Lines. I will be blogging my own seven tips later, but here are the items that I found most interesting from my fellow presenters:
First up was academic and critic Melinda Harvey, who said:
- There's no such thing as "made it" - we can never afford to rest on our laurels
- Go out and ask literary editors for review work - constantly pitch. No-one is about to come knocking on your door.
Television personality, radio host and soon-to-be true crime author John Safran said:
- Keep coming up with new ideas - don't be in love with that one great idea. Always have new projects in the wings.
|Performance poet, Okka|
Indonesian Performance Poet Okka urged us to:
- Just keep going, even when you know it's shit
- Type up the things you scribble down
- Go through your archives occasionally
Fiction writer and reviewer Jennifer Mills told us:
- Always try to get paid - she has a project called Pay the Writers. It is up to us to make sure that creative work is valued in our culture.