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Well, hello! It’s great to see you here.

I’m a globe-trotting storyteller who delivers thoroughly researched copywriting and journalism for brand and editorial clients.

My name is Denise Cullen and I’m a freelance contributor to a host of local and international publications, including Australian Geographic, The Australian (Travel + Luxury), Cosmos, Explore, The Guardian Australia, Narratively, and more. My work has taken me all over Australia and the world. I’ve dived with sharks in Sydney, gone inside the world’s most idyllic research station, foraged for mushrooms in Finland and hiked through some of South East Queensland’s most primitive Gondwanan rainforest.

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Creativity is often portrayed as a lighting bolt, a thunderclap, a divine spark from the heavens.
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But in reality, it thrives on far more mundane matters.
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Things like discipline, structure, consistency ...
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My latest blog post looks at how writing rituals work and why you should cherish yours.
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Drop a RITUAL in the comments, and I'll send it straight to you.
Wondering what's behind the doors of Brisbane's newest mega-gym and spa?
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I'm bringing you all the details from inside Total Fusion Platinum in my latest story for @the.australian.
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Thanks to @totalfusionplatinum for the experience and the images.
Why does pitching to editors sometimes feel like throwing darts at the wall (while drunk and blindfolded)?
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My latest blog post uses brain science and good old-fashioned trial and error to unpack three ways you can triple, quadruple, or even quintuple the odds of your story pitch getting picked up.
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Comment PITCH below and I'll drop you a link to the post.
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#writing #writingcommunity #writer #writingtips #pitching #writerpitch #freelancewriter #writingbusiness #pitchingguide #brisbanewriter
Seeking a sleep-in? Planning to pop the question? Or just want some peaceful, distraction-free dining? 
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Regardless of your reasons, nowhere does adults-only ambience like Queensland.
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My latest story in @the.australian looks at the child-free escapes which promise rest and relaxation. You can download a copy from the link in my bio.
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Photo courtesy 
@narrowsescape 
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Also featured 
@reefhousepalmcove
@bedarraisland 
@hamiltonisland (Beach Club) @intercontinentalhaymanisland (The Pavilions)
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#childfree #resort #thisisqueensland #sunshinestate #queensland #seeaustralia #getaway #narrowsescape #beachclub #hamiltonisland #hammo #bedarraisland #thepavilions #haymanisland #islandlife #travelwriter #brisbanewriter
Do women prefer drummers?
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Among a population of rare parrots in Far North Queensland, the answer is: they do.
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Male Palm Cockatoos fashion their own percussion instruments, which they then use to drum on trees to impress the ladies.
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My latest for @cosmosmagazine looks at the threats facing these remarkable avian drummers.
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My interviewee, Professor Robert Heinsohn from @ouranu, says these are his favourite birds, and I can absolutely see why. I'm now hatching a plot to get up to Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park so I can see them for myself.
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Footage and photo from Robert Heinsohn.
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@qldparks 
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#palmcockatoos #parrots #birdsofinstagram #farnorthqueensland #fnq #queensland #seeaustralia #travelwriter #sciencewriter #brisbanewriter
Want to know what it's really like to stay at Sun Ranch?
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My review appeared in The Australian over the weekend (look for the Instagram link in bio).
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@sunranch_byron 
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@destination_nsw 
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#sunranch #boutiquehotel #byronbay #coopersshoot #cowboy #ranchstay #newage #travelwriter #hosted #onassignment

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