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Evie McRae

Resilience – the Gift of Christmas

There is no denying it – 2020 was a year of huge change for many. It was a year that forced us to retreat inward to, quite literally, to stay within the confines of our own homes. For some, the

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Evie McRae

The Ruler of your Domain

These days writers, authors and creatives need to be so much more than ‘just’ a writer or creative. Publishing Houses are increasingly looking to their Authors to create their branded platform from which to promote and sell their material. For

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structure
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Evie McRae

Which structure?

Every one of us has a story to tell and every one of those stories is unique. Even if the ‘experiences’ appear similar, the author’s voice, their point of view and the themes they identify in the telling of their

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Evie McRae

The Old Gum Tree and the Ironbark

I was feeling very out of sorts today – precipitated by a Migraine attack that forced me to ‘STOP’ and rest. Away from my glaring computer screen, lying down, I began to tune in to my body so I could

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Justice
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Evie McRae

Giving credit where credit’s due

There is commonly held ‘misunderstanding’ that if you have paid for  creative services (artistic design, photography, music, writing) – then that means you have paid for and own the copyright too. It may surprise you to learn, from a legal

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Evie McRae

What should I do to protect my copyright?

If you live here in Australia, the good news is copyright protection does not depend upon registration, publication or any other procedure. Material is automatically protected by law from the time it is first written down or recorded. It does

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narrative therapy
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Evie McRae

Narrative therapy principles in Memoir writing

When people embark on a Memoir writing course they sometimes come up against writer’s block. A block of any description is just another word for Fear. When we experience writer’s block it generally suggests we are not confident, or we

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Bibliotherapy
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Evie McRae

Is Reading Good for your Health?

I read an article recently that got me thinking.  “Take two chapters daily – how to prescribe fiction.” The article discussed the idea that GPs are going to give books to help teenagers with mental health issues. Within the article

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Proofreading
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Evie McRae

The importance of proofreading

Never underestimate the importance of proofreading. Mistakes in grammar, spelling or punctuation will reflect negatively on the writer or  organisation. Proofreading is quality control – an essential part of day-to-day business. There are many levels of proofreading. If you work

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Evie McRae

One Story is not the whole story

If you have ever taken part in a workshop or perhaps even training at work you will be familiar with ice breaker sessions where you have to stand up and introduce yourself to the rest of the participants. Love it

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Evie McRae

Giving a voice to trauma through writing

What images does your mind conjure up when you hear the word ‘trauma’? Trauma was not a word I truly understood until fairly recently – which considering my own ‘story’ is rather ironic. For me, the word trauma was a

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ghostwriting
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Evie McRae

Things are getting real folks

The best thing happened the other day! My client sent me a photo on Messenger. It was a picture of him smiling from ear to ear, holding a preview copy of his new book. I can’t tell you how happy

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vocabulary
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Evie McRae

Feminist – Word of the Year

If you thought you’d heard the last of Feminism in the 60s then have I got news for you. Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year place the F word right on top of their top 10. Hmm … wonder if Feminism has

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vocabulary
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Evie McRae

Memorable words

I can’t think of many greater gifts than to teach and encourage your child to use a dictionary from a young age. If I asked how to spell something my mother would always say, ‘Look it up’. I used to

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clients on the books
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Evie McRae

A Parent’s Guide to Coping with Autism

I’m working with an author who has written a practical guide for parents coping with a life-changing diagnosis of Autism. She is, in my humble opinion, an absolute Super Mum and an incredible role model. Being in the unique position

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writers beware
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Evie McRae

The joys of writing

If you’ve ever heard the expression, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then you may also have heard the road to publishing is littered with rejections. Oh and mind you step over the would-be authors lying by the

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writing?where to start
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Evie McRae

So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

People generally ask how one attempts to write a whole novel. Sure, it’s one word, followed by another, but which words? My professional experience taught me one thing about the writing process. There are two types of people when it

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Evie McRae

Coping with writer’s block

Many years ago I wrote a poem about how it feels to sit in front of the blank page hoping to meet with the muse. Sometimes when the words don’t come you fear they may never come again. Thankfully there

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Evie McRae

Please God – not another synopsis

Well, it’s been an interesting week here at the desk. JK Rowling (Twitter Queen) relayed a public service announcement about the Lucy Cavendish Prize. “A great opportunity for unpublished female writers resident in UK and Ireland,” she says. I decided, nothing

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vocabulary
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Evie McRae

How do YOU spell dilemma?

My feathers were ruffled somewhat this afternoon. My husband asked, “How do you spell dilemma?”  Now I like to think ‘words’ are something I’m relatively good at. True, sometimes I have to write a word down to be sure, but generally speaking,

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after the first draft
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Evie McRae

Life after the first draft

“Hurray – I have finally finished the first draft of my first novel”. When I posted this update on Facebook a few months ago, I was overwhelmed with the number of friends that congratulated me on my achievement. I was feeling

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Evie McRae

Is it time to come out of solitary confinement?

As part of a busy creative team, I’ve always been motivated and inspired by those around me. I’ve always been in awe of the talented designers who have brought life to my words, no matter how dry the subject matter.

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Evie McRae

Live. Love. Laugh. Create.

As a professional writer with a significant number of years under my belt in the publishing and corporate world, the decision to branch into longer prose was an emotionally challenging one. After all, my childhood dream was to write a book.

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Evie McRae

How do I know which genre is the right fit?

In my previous post, I wrote about how liberating it can be to identify the genre of your book. If you have found yourself in a position where you just don’t know what genre your novel fits into, you’ve come

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Evie McRae

Benefits of knowing your genre

Of all the issues I struggled with in the early days of writing my novel (some of which I’ll explore in later posts), the most challenging for me was genre. As with all writers who have a spark of an

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writing
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Evie McRae

Under starter’s orders

So there I was ready to write ‘the’ novel. The one I have been living with in my mind for so many years.  I was excited, motivated, exhilarated – you name it – I was it! Until it hit me. Writing

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opinion piece
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Evie McRae

Why writers write!

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I am so looking forward to the release of Harper Lee’s ‘prequel’ of To Kill a Mockingbird. I know many of her fans over the years begged her to write another, yet

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