Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fairfield Champion, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Message from a best-seller
Fairfield Champion,
2 June 2001

CANLEY Vale author Walter Mason has one message for aspiring writers in Fairfield and that is for them to pursue their own adventure.

Hot of the heels of his runaway successful first novel Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam Mason, 39, is in town to catch up with the literary community with a talk at the Whitlam Library in Cabramatta next Wednesday, June 9.

``Hopefully, I can encourage people to pursue their own adventures and undertake their own journeys,'' said Mason, whose debut novel went into reprint on the first week of its release.

``We all have so much to learn, so many friends to make. Every day should be an adventure, whether we are stuck at home or are halfway across the world.''

Mason will return to Vietnam in November to write his second travel adventure in Asia. He said it would deal with themes of Buddhism, spirituality and personal connection.

Mason's tips for young authors:

1.You don't have to be perfect just write. Put pen to paper and don't worry about how wonderful it is. You can always fix it and change it later.

2. Read as much as you write. All writers read, and you especially need to stay up to date with writing in your own creative field.

3. Move in a writers' milieu. Find a writing group, even if it's online. Do writing courses, attend writers' festivals and listen to podcasts.

4. Find your niche.This is the modern variation of ``Write what you know''. The more you know about a subject, the better your writing will be.

5.Blog. Start writing and publish your writing online. It is free, it is easy, and it is amazing how many authors have been discovered this way.

Walter Mason will give a talk at the Whitlam Library on Wednesday, June 9, at 6.30pm. He will holding a travel writing workshop at the Liverpool Writers' Festival.

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