John Cahill attending the last National Novel Writing Month workshop at the Kingaroy library.
John Cahill attending the last National Novel Writing Month workshop at the Kingaroy library. Elaelah Harley

National Novel Writing Month inspires Kingaroy local

NATIONAL Novel Writing Month has been a hit to many in the Burnett, including Kingaroy resident John Cahill.

Mr Cahill has been attending the 'NaNoWriMo' workshops at the Library each Friday in November, hosted by published novelist Imogene Nix.

"I've really enjoyed the month so far, and I'm definitely learning. It's like everything, when you're new at doing things, a lot of the time you flounder. I've also found while trying to write things is that I'm not that organised,” he said.

Despite being interested in the creative trade, this experience is the first time Mr Cahill has tried to write a novel.

"I've always been interested in writing. Around 30 years ago I worked for a wine company and I wrote some jingles for them. I've always liked dabbling in writing but trying to write a book is a little bit different to writing a jingle. It's always interested me,” he said.

"I would've liked to be a journalist because a lot of writers started out that way. As journalists have more experience with putting sentences together, they would have more of a boost in knowing what words they should use in what places.”

Mr Cahill has been using this workshop to help structure his ideas into a novel.

"The other reason why I'm interested is because I've got to get out of the habit of putting things on paper the way I see and vision it in my head, because there is a difference,” he said.

"I often have an idea of what I want to say, but when I read it back on paper, it's very different to what I imagines. I've a got a lot to learn in that aspect.

"This program has given me a few tips with this, as well as learning how to make different ideas flow and not using the same words as often.”

South Burnett

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