I was thrilled earlier in the year when Paul and Beth from The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft announced they were starting the Emerging Writers Group (or EWG as we call it). The aim is for unpublished or newly published authors to come together and network, share our writing, and listen to established industry professionals who … More The Emerging Writer’s Group
The Rules for Writing There are so many ‘Insert number Rules for Writing’ articles out there. They talk about things like sentence length, adverbs, big words vs small words, never start a book with the weather, avoid prologues…. and the list goes on and on. Here is my own list of Rules for Writing, though in … More The Rules for Writing
Last Saturday was the Sydney Writers’ Festival All-Day YA event at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. This is the second year I’ve been, and again, it was fantastic, and I came away inspired with fresh ideas, and with new knowledge about how authors and illustrators do their thing. There was a fun and friendly vibe, … More SWF All-Day YA 2018
There are countless articles and anecdotes on the internet about the life changing power of doing morning pages. They are well known in artistic and writerly circles, as is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a book which guides you through a 12-step program in discovering your creative self. I bought my copy of The … More Morning Pages
November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. People from all around the world sign up to write 50,000 words in 30 days; which equates to 1667 words per day in case you were wondering. This was my third time aboard the Nano rollercoaster, and unlike previous years, I didn’t write 50,000 words. … More NaNoWriMo 2017
I absolutely love reading interviews with published authors and illustrators, they are so inspirational. But have you ever wondered how an interview with an unpublished author would go? (These questions have been inspired, OK copied pretty much, from the wonderful Kids’ Book Review website) What does a typical day look like for you? I get up … More Interview with an Unpublished Author
Lauren Child commented during her recent SWF talk, that many people over the years had doubted her credibility to be able write for children, because she was not a mother. (She became a mother only five years ago). In my experience, I have found the opposite to be true. Sometimes I think being a mother … More Being a mother and writing for children.