Carly Smith – Brisbane

How would you describe your writing style?

I’m not sure. I’ve always been told that I’m both descriptive and detached, so I guess we can go with that.

What inspires your work?

I can be inspired by anything, but I am mostly intrigued by things which are beautiful yet menacing at the same time, and the constant interplay between light and dark.

Where do you like to write; do you have a ritual for work?

I can write anywhere, however I prefer my desk at home, where I have mood boards set up to help me get in the right thinking space. I also like writing at public libraries, where the presence of people around kind of forces me to be productive.

How often do you write?

I try to write every day, however sometimes this is impossible, so I just write whenever I can.

How do you fight writer’s block?

I just keep writing until the good stuff starts to come out.

What’s the best piece of literary advice you’ve been given?

The ‘show, don’t tell’ rule was probably the first piece of literary advice I was given, and although it is such a basic rule, I still find it infinitely useful when it comes to writing.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a novel and currently dedicating all of my writing time to it.

What’s next in your writing endeavors? 

In the past I focused more on short fiction and miscellaneous memoir pieces, but at this point I hope to work towards novel-length pieces of work.


Carly’s story, Dry Pills, can be viewed at: