texture is the writing and editing business of Selena Hanet-Hutchins – a business trusted by agents, publishers, authors, small businesses, community groups and digital producers. texture is run out of the workroom and community reading room in Kangaroo Valley, NSW.

2016: year of change - teeth (or kill your darlings)

We’re three days into the new year and it’s official: 2016 is officially the year I’m sick of it — sick of doing things the same way; sick of not doing the work I want to be doing; sick of moving so slowly on creative projects; sick of the amount of stuff and paper and wearable, readable, wrappable and boxable past that is clogging the flow of my life and work. So, 2016 is the year of change. I’m cutting and culling and reforming and, I dearly hope, releasing something new and different in the process.

I’m going to start by throwing out my teeth.

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The truth about thick skins

We often hear that writers need to have a thick skin to survive the writing business and its attendant rejections, emendations, and critiques (not to mention the pain of comparison with your artistic vision or the success of other writers). But what does this actually mean? Do we know the truth of a thick skin?

The mangosteen that showed me its inner skin

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Think you know the pain of a deadline?

I’m sitting here fist-pumping and whooping my joy (quietly - I’m the only one of the household awake). Why the joy? A brilliant creative writing project is getting the praise it’s due. The Coop Times is not mine. So, why do I care? Read on. If you’ve ever known the pain of a deadline – you will care too.

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Don't go it alone with your website

Conceiving of a website for yourself or your business is one of those things that seems simple when you start but somehow snowballs into something far more complex and terrifying. It’s a bit like starting a Saturday thinking, “I might just buy a pair of jeans” — there’s no “just” about it.

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Where is my editor when I need her?

The trouble with editors is that we tend to go on holiday just when writers need us — the same time you’re on holiday from your day job and want to really get stuck in to the editing! In my absence, here’s a video to help you kick-start your revisions process.

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Why am I doing this?

A few months ago I closed the reading room space to have a short sabbatical from my editing business. It was one of the scarier things I’ve done in my life, coming in just short of the things that have involved actual threat of injury or death. And it has been a real gift. It allowed me the space and time to go back to my roots, and also to ask important questions of the business and myself. For example: Why am I doing this?

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Are you blocked?

Writer’s block is as common as odd socks. It happens; you have to live with it and find a way to work with it. One of the best things I’ve found, for myself and clients, is to tackle it head on: get to know it by getting it down on paper, and then get away from it. (And, yes: there is such a thing as ‘editor’s block’ too.)

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Where are you going? Where are you from?

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking about what built me. How did I become an editor? How did I become an editor who embraces digital, transmedia, and remixing the book? Why am I excited by crowdsourcing and crowdfunding developments in publishing? Why do I happily leap into ephemeral territory imagining ‘the BOOK to the power of networking’ and other things that make some editors and writers quake? I don’t necessarily know the answers yet but, over the next year, I’m going to look for them.

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Storytime test says Dinosaur Rocks … rocks

Today’s texture Storytime book was Dinosaur Rocks by Lachlan Creagh (published by Lothian) – thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. But what makes this book a winner?

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Fear of writing? The pathology is the cure

Compared to waiting for the next bombing raid, or walking two hundred kilometres to the next village hoping to god they have food for your children, writing a book or starting a blog doesn’t seem like a particularly terrifying way to spend your time – #firstworldproblem right? But many people are terrified – of starting, of failing, even of succeeding, at their writing. But what if the source of the fear is the source of the cure?

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