Meredith Grant

Meredith Grant
Meredith Grant is an emerging Regional Victorian writer. She has been shortlisted for the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Lit. Awards for Prose, runner-up for the FAW Qld. Soapbox Article competition and most recently been awarded runner-up in the Writers Victoria Regional Members Writing Competition. She has also contributed to on-line Journals and had articles and personal memoirs published on-line. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at Ballarat University and has a strong focus on writing non-fiction. Her goal is to become a freelance writer where her contributions will cover her experience and knowledge on topics that sit close to her heart, including Australia's homeless epidemic, teenage depression and Australian adoption matters. She is currently working on her full length memoir she hopes to have published, until then her short memoir works are being submitted to various opportunities and competitions which she hopes will help raise her writing profile.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Almost, is enough!

Well, would it really surprise you if I were to admit I didn't quite make the mark with my word count for NaNoWritMo 2012?  'No!' Did I hear you say?  Umff!  Perhaps I didn't make the 50,000 words as a collective story, however I did - without making excuses - achieve 12,000 words across several peices of work which now have become my stepping stones for submissions to a number of anthologies and competitions for 2013...so not all was entirely lost, was it now? in fact I believe NaNoWritMo has been a very inspirational mechanism in getting the keystokes hammering, the grey matter thinking and the ability to pull together some writing that has been an ambition for some time now.
Time now to polish and submit without too much procrastination. 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

NaNoWriMo - still on the go!

Ahh! You all thought I had given up didn't you?  Well, surprise contrary to popular belief my writing is coming along nicely.  It makes a huge difference when you can write from the heart.  I have always found it easy to write passionately, especially about those things that make my heart skip a beat, or fills my soul with enthusiasm or anger, sadness or just an emotional reaction of any sort really.  This time I have come up with a unique method to my writing I haven't tried before.  Although it is non-fictional, it is writing as though I am speaking to whom I'm writing to; yes the narrator, but not just narrating as a voice or third person; I think it is creative non-fiction, it's a little like a memoir but told through questions to my subject.  I am really enjoying this and finding it rather therapeutic.  

Monday, 5 November 2012

NaNoWritMo - Day 5

Here we are at day five already, I can see day thirty fast approaching and my word count slipping, but don't worry or get the wrong idea, I am still creating my piece; just with careful deliberation, and waiting for those pesty children to hit the sack so I can actually concentrate. Until tomorrow.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

NaNoWritMo - Day 4

With a few slight digressions, I have now made a consecutive decision to change my story to something more close to my heart and which will no doubt allow me to more easily achieve the 50,000 word count within the 30 days.  Don't dispare, as Tilly is not forgotten, not have aI killed her off - quite the contrary, she will become my inspiration for a my next submission of a short story someone in the near future.  I will keep you all posted with my progress on this new storyline venture. 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

NaNoWriMo - Oh No! - Day 3

Hmm, you guessed it, day three has arrived and I did the unmistakeable error of telling my husband the plot of my story, and worse still I went on to tell him the progression of the story-line.  Most would wonder why is that such a problem?  Well, let me explain and please don't roll your eyes; first as I am explaining my hard yards of word count he smiles at me; Hello, I can't begin to explain how patronising and off-putting that was.  And so, as a result I spent a restless night going over where I am taking my characters and now wonder if I need to revisit and change their direction? If I do, I'm sure to loose a few hundred words or more, that can't be good at this critical point of building my story and word count - surely?
Wonder if I should start a new story; completely different and not tell anyone the plot?

Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWritMo - Day 2 - Tilly comes to life

Already into day two of writing and I'm pleased to announce that I am right on track with my character's developing nicely.  However, I have to declare the genre of my story has already changed from my original idea of a children's book to now more of a focus on YA; something along the same lines of a Terry Pratchett auidence, or John Marsden even.  And in saying this, my main character Tilly just grew up slightly, becoming a teenager of thirteen. 

For those who haven't done so already, I have been doing the sums and worked out if I reach a word count of at least 1667 words a day I will achieve 50,000 words by the end of this challenge; not such a hard task...?

For those interested here is a little excerpt from my first chapter - already completed I might add.

'Tomorrow is pension day; it’s when all the old people have money appear in their bank accounts without having to go to work.  I can’t wait to be a pensioner.  Usually on pension day and even the day after we get really busy, but some of these so called pensioners don’t seem old enough to be a pensioner?  Some look younger than Aunty Helen, so she must be worried that her skin regime is not all what it is cracked up to be.' 
Stay tuned for the next installment! Day three is fast approaching.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

NaNoWritMo 2012 - Day 1

Well as promised here is the beginning of what will become the next best selling childrens adventure novel! With the rain teeming down outside, I have found a quiet and warm nook within my study and are eager to get started.  I feel overwhelmingly optimistic that this venture just might be what I need.

So here is my synopsis:

Every Christmas holidays Tilly helps out her Aunt who is a volunteer at a st vincents de paul op shop, but this year is very different to last; now Tilly's eleven-years-old, she has been given the job as sorter, so she gets first pick at whatever comes through the doors as donations.  When Tilly discovers something odd about a bag of old clothing left at the counter, she asks her aunt if she can take the assortment of rags home to use as costumes.
What Tilly dosn't know is that she has stumbled across no ordinary bag of old clothing, instead she is about to discover some very valuable life changing secrets for the future; some which just might change the path of her life.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

NaNoWritMo 2012

Well here we are once again; the inaugural writing event for thirty days solid with 50,000 words our ambition.  Bring it on, I think I really need a challenge like this right now - how about you?  So I am going to also keep a blog update on my progress; so now two commitments oh my!  What am I doing? Thats right, I'm going to produce something worthy of a novel.  Now I just have to decide is it going to be YA, childrens fiction or perhaps non-fiction, adult fiction?  Oh see what it has already done.  Thinking hat HELP!!!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Keeping up Appearances


While working on my latest piece of writing for the 2012 Soapbox article writing competition, I decided to go to the local library to kill some time before heading to my daughter's class room to help out.  With forward thinking, I went armed with the laptop and notebook in search of some much needed quite thinking time.   
What I didn't anticipate was the weekly toddler's sing-a-long and story time coinciding with the little spare time I have.
As I began banging out my sentences with ideas flowing nicely, my thought process was abruptly interrupted with "mother duck went out one day..'" and "if your happy and you know it clap your hands."  
The library, the very institution I thought I could find some solitude and meaningful quite time to think clearly, is apparently no longer that place; well not on Wednesday's anyway.   Trying to overcome the sudden shrieks and toddler outbursts, along with the ongoing songs which began to remind me of a time spent with my own daughter not so long ago, I found myself reading my work out aloud in an effort to continue with my duty as wordsmith.
As you can well imagine not nearly as much work was produced as I had first anticipated; including the fact that I was now producing work consisting of non-productive repetition.
Damn you mother duck and no I'm not happy and I'm not clapping my hands!  
Resolution: I am now resorting to burning the good old midnight oil to finish my work.  

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Writers Festivals!

It seems to be that time of year; a writers favorite time of year mind you.  That's right, we have festivals coming out of our book ends.  Well Victoria seems to anyway!  So why are writers festivals so important and what can we expect to get out of going to one? 
Networking comes to mind as being first and foremost the most important reason to head along to a writers festival.  I remember my first writers festival experience at Ballarat when I was first undertaking my studies in Professional Writing and Editing.  I not only attended the festival, I also participated in one of their workshops conducted by Rhonda Whitton, co-arthor of 'A Decent Proposal,' and 'Mission Possible.'
This experience truly shaped how I was to go about putting together my proposal for my manuscript which now has been self-published as an ebook.  Without Rhonda's genuine and invaluable experience as an author / teacher along with her confidence in my concept, I'm not sure I would have pursued my endeavour to get my concept out there as strongly as I have. 
I also remember the buzz of meeting newly published authors, buying their books and having them signed. 
There is nothing more exhilarating than to  rub shoulders with publishers and editors who otherwise don't have a face.  You get to see and talk to them in 'real time' - no pressure and maybe, just maybe this personal contact may change your life as a writer as it did me. 
Take the opportunity and get along to a writers festival - even if it is just one - but be warned they are addictive.  Good Luck!
Some festivals coming up on the calendar:
Words in Winter July 29 - 31 August 2012
Bendigo Writers Festival  10-12 August 2012
Melbourne Writers Festival 23 August - 2 September
Ballarat Writers Festival 1-2 September 2012
Write around the Murray Festival 5-9 September 2012

Friday, 6 July 2012

AMBITIONS!

Yes, it's been a long ambition of mine as it would for many other writers to finally get their work out into the big wide world of the reader. For those who have followed writer's-fix, along perhaps with my other blog adoption down under, you will know how close this subject is to my heart and life journey. 

For many years now I have been working tirelessly to complete my manuscript on local adoption matters, and more so to have a publisher accept it.  With such positive feedback from all the publishers I have presented this manuscript to, I truly believe it will now finally serve its intended purpose and audience.

With the age of Ebooks now on our door step, it seems only sensible to follow my publishing path down this growing corridor to self-publication. 

While my book Adoption Down Under is currently available through PDF, I hope to also make it available for all e-devices in the near future, where it will hit the big screens on Amazon and alike.   

I have to say though; seeing my book finally ready and available through e-format has only made me more ambitious to also self-publish in hard copy.  But patience is the virtue and only time will tell whether Adoption Down Under will in fact reach those I have hoped it would.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Spiritually aware?

Well it has been a long time between blogs it would seem; fortunately I am still alive and well but somewhat confused with the universe.  Having attended a Spiritual and Wellness Expo recently I found a renewed interest into an old past time of mine - palmistry.  Having watched Sara Gilbert explain how much palmistry plays such a significant role in our lives really stirred and awakened something within me so much so I haven't been able to think of much else since.  That very same week I raced out and had to (okay, not had to - wanted to), buy a book on palmistry so that I could learn this ancient art.  I came across the one and only book available at my local book store, Fells Offical Know-It-All Guide to Palm Reading.  If that wasn't enough encouragement from the universe, then I stambled across a copy of Magic, by Ronda Byrne the same author of the Secret, where her new book helps humankind understand how the use and belief in sincere gratitude can reward our own lives beyond any expectations.  So know I am wondering what my true life's purpose is?  Not so long ago I thought I had it all summed up; I was certain I was meant to teach and help those touched by similar life experiences as myself.  I was certain that my manuscript was to become successfully published and help with my teaching.  Unfortunately as much as I have projected positivity into this crusade I keep meeting dead ends and obstacles that now appear to be relentless.  So the question I now put to myself is simply what is my life's purpose?  Following a simple numerolgy reading it suggests I am a humanitarian and should follow this line of interest somewhere within my life - yes, that sounds like me and yes it certainly fits what I thought the direction of my lifes's purpose was heading so why so many uncertainties, second guessing, self-doubt and insecurities?  Why have I suddenly become the exact opposite in having little self confidence, trouble speaking my thoughts, unable to communicate cleary and so unsure of myself in general?  Currently I am reading the Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, the learning of lifes insights, basically why we are here living the lives we are.  That's right, we are right back to our life's puropse.  Having only read the first three insights so far, I realise how spiritually aware I am, although not as well tuned as I would like.  I believe in coincidences - for example thinking of calling someone and then out of blue they call you - yep thats all part of the universes quest in understanding our plight here; Intuition, and believing there is more to life than what we are currently doing is all what the insights are about.  I am excited about my journey through life yet I feel I have wasted too many years already before learning of all this.  What if my life's purpose has already expired?  Possibly not because I think I would probably be dead in that case!  So now confusion has set in, I am so highly in tune with needing to fulfil something in life - but what?  Well I guess all of us will just have to wait to find out what we are searching for until we feel this is it.  So now I am totally obsessed with all this universe stuff, I have just invested in another two books, The complete guide to Numerolgy and Astrology- Past Life regression.  Can't wait to get stuck into these books.

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