Some Guidance Required

You know how I was saying that one day I might be able to introduce myself like this, “Hi, I’m Hone Rata. I’m an author”? The last month has shown me that while I might be able to say that, I can’t follow it up with “And I’m kinda good at it.” Because if I … Continue reading Some Guidance Required

Beyond the ending

When Te Papa Tupu ended on Friday December 3rd at a hui held at the offices of Huia Publishers in Thorndon, it felt more like the closing of one process and the opening of another than an ending. We were welcomed warmly into the Huia whānau, and Robyn Bargh explained their kaupapa of nurturing writers, … Continue reading Beyond the ending

Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

We have only a few weeks left on the Te Papa Tupu programme. I am still grateful to have been picked for this programme and know that these six months have given me the tools and insight I need to be a writer for life. I spent quite a bit of time over the past … Continue reading Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

Touring a nation’s past

Since June 2010 I have been immersed in reading, writing and talking whakapapa to Te Arawa kaumatua and rangatahi in an effort to make sense of hapu and the connections that bind Te Arawa as a nation. The discovery and renewing of old ties between hapu members has been a thoroughly rewarding and very exciting … Continue reading Touring a nation’s past

Through to the painful end

Last journal entry, and the months have flown by. I had hoped by this stage to be feeling rather satisfied and smug even, with a completed manuscript for a publisher, albeit for a little tweaking. When in fact I still have a confusing array of scenes and characters still at a loss to decide whether … Continue reading Through to the painful end

Judging a book by its back cover

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. (Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) So, 26 days before the manuscript is due. Let’s be frank -I’m sweating bullets. The good news is I’m close. The bad news … Continue reading Judging a book by its back cover

Reaching back to find political purpose

With the deadline looming a nagging sense of panic wakes up with me every morning. If I feed it not much writing happens that day. It got so bad a few weeks ago I went searching for what my motives were in wanting to write this novel, and casting about I found an essay I … Continue reading Reaching back to find political purpose

How coincidences mean more than you think

Often this month I've questioned, 'Why am I doing this?'  Not so long ago, a New Age shaped world view would have me think, 'Oh, but writing seems to have chosen me.' Now I can't be so sure. Back then, I might cite the time I went looking for guidance on what I thought was … Continue reading How coincidences mean more than you think

Tracing a writer’s whakapapa

What I think about when I think about writing? I think too much. This came after reading Haruki Murakami’s What I think about when I think about running. He took the title of his book from Raymond Carver’s What we talk about when we talk about love. Which led me to thinking about what influences … Continue reading Tracing a writer’s whakapapa

A day’s writing with the Author and the Internal Editor

Wakes up on the two seater loveseat. Alone. Feet dangle over the tiled coffee table. Wrapped tightly about in a duvet. Through the window Thursday clouds threaten rain.  Crosses fingers; that would be nice. Heads into the kitchen. Has to rinse himself a clean cup, dishes undone for a while now. Has to empty ashtray … Continue reading A day’s writing with the Author and the Internal Editor