A Novel Idea

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Warning: This post contains themes that may offend some readers (mild gambling and sexual references)

If I learnt nothing else from a decade in big corporations, it’s how to keep people awake during a PowerPoint presentation. The first trick is to appeal to self-interest. Make sure your audience understands ‘What’s in it for me?’.

I’ve undertaken to write my first novel and get paid for my published work by midnight 13 April 2011. I’m documenting my journey on this blog. Why should anyone be interested in following my progress?

Why should you read my blog?

Three reasons. The oldest reasons for doing anything: Sex, Fear and Greed.

Sex: This blog will not directly aid your sex life. But I’m sure you can use it to your advantage somehow. Think about how cutting edge and intelligent you are going to sound on your next date when you mention this inspiring blog about an Australian chick who has ‘thrown it all in’ to follow her writing dreams. Segue into discussing your date’s life goals over a bottle of Tasmanian Pinot Noir… 

Fear: Do you insure your car? Your house? This blog is like insurance. You’ll probably never need it, but you’ll feel better for having invested in it. I promise to expose the ups and downs of my experience getting published. If you are reading this blog because you are also a budding novelist, or the partner or father or mother of one, I appeal to your fear of missing the crucial piece of the puzzle. I don’t believe there’s a sure-fire way to do most of the things that are worth doing in this life, but I do think it’s wise to learn from other people’s mistakes. More importantly, learning what has worked for others.

Greed: How to make money from this blog? Gamble. Australians love to bet. We bet on horses, football matches, and we’d bet on how many spikes an Echidna has if we could.  I don’t care if you’re in my cheer squad (currently consisting of my partner, parents and closest friends), or you’re unimpressed. Take a position. $10 says she makes it. Have an opinion. Watch my progress.

Write well. Write often.


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  • Violet: Thanks Alannah :) Apologies for not replying sooner: I'm finally catching my breath and the year is almost over!
  • Alannah Murphy: I remember your first post, way back when I had my old Here Be Dragons blog, and I am glad you are still writing. We all find out, sooner or later, ho
  • Violet: Good to hear that Aaron. Good Luck with your work.