The debut writer’s journey plus what’s next

If you’re on the path of becoming a published writer and are a bit stuck or lost for inspiration, here are some words of advice from people that have been through the torrent.

Being a writer is one of those professions that don’t really have a clear trajectory, and many delve into the industry without formal education on how to be a writer. For the majority of writers/authors, publishing their first book is where the journey begins – as exciting as it is nerve-wracking.

Bastian Fox Phelan, whose debut memoir How to be Between was just published this month told ArtsHub: ‘When I enrolled in a memoir masterclass to start writing my book I very naively told people “I’m writing a book, it won’t take me that long, maybe a year”. [My] famous last words.’

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_