What are you reading these holidays? What is inspiring you to write?

I hope you are resting up and making the most of the magical days between Christmas and the New Year. Perhaps, like me, you’re making the most of this liminal space to read — and even write?

Writers are first and foremost, avid readers.

And holidays are the best time to read books that will inspire you to write.

There are two types of books to read. The first are books on the craft of creative writing such as Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

And of course there’s Brave Women Write.

The second type of books to read, are those similar to the style, theme, genre and/or era you intend to write on.

In 2024, I’m beginning the epic journey of writing a novel based on the life of my Grandmother Elsie.

Elsie endured two World Wars, The Great Depression, drought, bankruptcy, loss of agency over her own life and alienation from her family as she was institutionalised for 12 years.

Uncovering her story within the context of the patriarchal, societal and political conditions of the time, requires extensive reading and research.

So, these holidays, I’m reading books such as Wifedom by Anna Funder, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus and An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame and I’m revisiting books I’ve already read like The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. 

While all different, they are books with strong feminist themes offering new insights and inspiration for my own novel. Each, in their own way, make my fingers itch to write.

What books are you reading these holidays that are inspiring you to write? I’d love to know.

If you’re keen for a creativity boost to kickstart your writing in 2024, why not book a seat at the next Brave Women Writers’ Circle (kick-off Friday 2 February)? 


(I’m free for a call between 10am and 1pm Tuesday 2 January to Friday 5 January).


Happy holidays! And happy reading and writing!


With love

Brave Women Write Book Orders

For orders within Australia, get your signed copy now.


Also now available as an eBook.

For orders outside Australia, visit your preferred online retailer.

Join the next Brave Women Writers’ Circle
Commencing Friday 2 February 2024

Are you a woman who yearns to share your story with the world? Do you often find yourself suppressing your inner voice and waiting for that perfect day to start writing? Or perhaps you’ve begun writing and are feeling stuck? If so, the Brave Women Writers’ Circle is the right place for you.

As an experienced author, writer and educator, the Brave Women Writers’ Circle will be led and facilitated by Carolyn Tate. With only 12 places available, the 12-week program is designed to guide you in bringing your writing project to life while connecting you to a courageous community of other women writers.