Author Archives: Rebecca Freeman

About Rebecca Freeman

I'm an editor of fiction and non-fiction. I also write stories of my own, because then I can steal all the best bits of the work I edit. Uh... I mean, I find reading and editing other people's work really inspiring and interesting. Really, though. Being able to work with an author to help their work shine is such a privilege and a really fun experience. I'm so happy I get to do it. When not editing, I like to run, write, grub about in the dirt, and drink tea.

Death as Device.

I read a book recently, which I enjoyed, but in which one of the characters dies a rather tragic death. It’s not the main character, but someone who’s close to the main character, and so has a profound effect on … Continue reading

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Darling Words of May

May is not Spring here in Australia. For us here in the south of the continent, it’s usually the first cool month after several hot, hot, hot months, and it’s a time for us to recharge and revel in the … Continue reading

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Saying ‘no’.

I went to my writers’ group meeting the other day, which was a delightful experience as always. We were talking about editing and feedback, and one group member said that she sometimes found the editing process hard, because editors often … Continue reading

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Ideal Conditions.

I read a short essay today by Jo Nesbø over at Lit Hub,  where he describes the perfect writing room–an ideal space, which he doesn’t use, and it got me thinking about how often we put off doing something because … Continue reading

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Your First Editor.

Can you imagine how awesome it would be, if you had an editor on hand to re-read passages you’d written, and give you some ideas of what worked, where you’d repeated yourself or added redundant phrases, where the story was … Continue reading

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Write What You Know.

The first time I was given this advice was in primary school. I think I was about ten years old–already  in love with writing stories, so much so that I did it in my spare time. I imagine it was … Continue reading

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Feedback

An author I follow on Twitter posted this the other day, and I’ve watched it a few times since, and each time, it’s made me chuckle. Both as an editor and a writer, giving and receiving feedback takes a lot … Continue reading

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The First Cut is the Deepest. Although the second and third hurt a lot, too. And the fourth. And…

  I’ve been trying to finish my current novel for a while, now. I finished the draft two years ago, and began the second draft last year (I think?!) And it’s still not done. In between I’ve been writing, of … Continue reading

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It’s Time.

Last year, I went to a couple of sessions of the Writers’ Festival which is part of the Perth International Arts Festival. One of the sessions was a panel featuring some writers talking about their characters, their methods, and when … Continue reading

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The Pretend Parent.

School holidays have begun here in Australia. This is the summer break, and school won’t begin until the start of February. That is a long, long time. I love my children, deep down. And when I say ‘deep down’, I … Continue reading

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