‘I think becoming a writer means asking yourself again and again why you write, how to keep coming up with new ideas, how to trust yourself more, and how to keep falling in love with writing.’
Journal is an online space for creative non-fiction. Featuring writing from a wide variety of people, we explore what it means to be alive today. Loss, love, labour, relationships, belonging, identity and place are themes that occur and recur as readers are taken on a journey about what makes us human.
‘It’s pretty funny, I’ll admit, for there is always something ridiculous about trying to have things in your control, only to stuff it up.’
‘Seeing how Australia dealt with this outbreak by putting people before profit made me slowly and gradually fall in love with a country that had started feeling like home.’
‘My Vietnamese-speaking capacities recalibrate after a few lines but if she hears my messed-up accent, she’ll assume I’m a whitewashed Asian who doesn’t care about our culture.’
‘My imagined child would spout endless questions, half of the words indecipherable, and squeal when we failed to understand.’
‘Everyone has a home except migrants, for it is displacement and dislocation. They build a home for everyone but can’t own it.’
‘I set about writing what I thought people wanted to read about; a certain ‘Aboriginal’ experience that was expected from an Indigenous author.’
‘How are women not revered for this rather than being relegated to the sidelines? How did men manage to turn the creation of life against us? We are life itself.’
‘Looking forward to the future can be a worthwhile endeavour. But, I have found that it can turn into an all-consuming practice that can have a debilitating impact.’
‘”You remember Bansi Lal Babu?” asks my father, frowning down at me as I sit on the floor of our lounge, back against the wall, ginger cat purring on my lap.’
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