by Lydia Roberts
Yumna Kassab's words of encouragement to budding authors
IT COULD take just 15 minutes a day to turn your dreams into tomorrow's bestseller.
That's the advice from writer Yumna Kassab, a past-winner of the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing (Poetry).
Kassab, from Western Sydney, wrote her Australiana stories while living and working in Tamworth.
Her first book of short stories, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes including the NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Stella Prize, so Kassab understands the process behind writing.
"Write for 15 minutes a day," she says.
"Don’t throw the writing out. Don’t tear it up. The writing will add up and when you come back to it later, even if it seems average, you’ll start to notice a progression.