Our Facebook Writing Races are turning into a weekly writing party! Last week 10 Racers took on the challenge and once again there were a variety of writing projects worked on over the evening, including: steampunk romance, apocalyptic environmental young adult fiction, Australian romantic fiction, essays and articles, and a script.

At half-time we took inspiration and refreshment from the words of two masters: Gustave Flaubert and Stephen King.

“It is a delicious thing to write, whether well or badly – to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

? Stephen King (from ‘On Writing’)

Despite some technical glitches we all finished strong with a total estimated word count of around four thousand words from our racers.

This week we have the pleasure of Guest Captain Alan Baxter’s company. Alan’s latest short horror novel ‘Dark Rite’ (co-written with David Wood) came out last week. I have only just started reading it, but I’m already enthralled and promising to only read it with the lights on!

Alan is the author of novels RealmShift and MageSign, and has published over 50 short stories. He’s a contributing editor and co-founder at Thirteen O’Clock: Australian Dark Fiction News & Reviews, and co-hosts Thrillercast, a thriller and genre fiction podcast. Alan is also a motorcycle enthusiast, Kung Fu instructor, and lives on the south coast of New South Wales with his wife Halinka and faithful dog Penry.

For more information about Alan and his works you can connect with him via his website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

Tonight’s Writing Race starts at 8:00pm. The Race will take the form of a comment stream within the Writing Race Event created on the AWM Facebook page. Just ‘join’ the event and then comment in the stream on the ‘AWM Writing Race’ Page. More information is available in our AWMonline Writing Race FAQs and here is the link to this week’s Writing Race Event.

We hope to see our writing community grow, so invite your friends and remember that we are here every week!


Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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