Agony Author

Welcome to Writers SA’s member-only literary advice column, where our experts respond to your questions about writing, publishing, the literary life and beyond.

Got a writerly problem or burning question? Ask us anything anonymously (or not) using the form below. Each installment we will choose a question to answer—to stay up to date make sure you’re subscribed to our member email newsletters.

Previously asked questions

“I am trying to get into freelance writing. How do I get myself published? How do you start as a writer if you don’t have any previous credits or experience. How do you get that first opportunity?” Read on>

“I have been playing with an idea for a novel for a couple years now, but get very overwhelmed when I try to plan it. I’ve written 40,000 but can’t work out how to make it better. How can I make this task more achievable?” Read on>

“When do I format… start or end of manuscript?” Read on>

“What is the best way to allocate daily writing sessions, and actually stick to the plan!?” Read on>

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