Happy Birthday, Melina Marchetta, born 25 March 1965
- Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?
- It begins with the character. When I write, I know how the story starts and how it ends, but I need to figure out how to get there. My first draft is generally awful. Before I share it with anyone else, I’ll rewrite it several times. I am obsessed with getting the words right.
- I think that we vote, not to get the best party in, but to keep the worst party out.
- Writers need to use dialogue to move the plot forward, to reinforce a relationship, or to tell more about the character.
- The key is that I let the characters live in my head for a really long time and I listen to their voices before I commit them to paper.
- Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the English syllabus was made up of books that students love?
- I’ve never had feedback on a novel where I was told, “It’s a complete rewrite.” With a script, there are often structural issues that need to be addressed. A script is a thousand times worse than a novel.
- It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.
- I will not read a book that is part of a trilogy, or part of a series, until it is finished. There is no way I will read something that has a cliffhanger.
Melina Marchetta is an Australian writer and teacher. She is the author of the novels, Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road.
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