Advice for new writers from PM’s Literary Award nominees

From taking risks to doing a law degree instead, poets, novelists, historian and non-fiction writers on the shortlist for this year's Prime Minister's Literary Awards share their tips on getting started.

We asked Australia’s top authors, poets and illustrators for their advice for aspiring writers. Here, nominees for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards share their insights.

Do that law degree instead!! The novel can wait until you are financially secure. But no, seriously, don’t be boring, don’t steal other people’s emotional lives, and don’t be a wanker on the page.

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