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What I Learnt From Lee Child

The other night, children’s author Tristan Bancks interviewed Andy Martin about his new book Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. Andy documented Lee Child from 1st September, and the blank page, to the final word in Child’s Jack Reacher novel,...

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A million ways to write a novel

There’s a hashtag happening online this month, #writeabookwithal. Australian children’s author and all round excellent person, Allison Tait is helping people meet their writing goals and push through the pain barrier to push out a novel (or part of) in a month. Last month, I sort...

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Never ever give up

I went to a children's book conference last week, CYA in Brisbane. FYI I completely recommend attending conferences like CYA, KidLitVic or SCBWI if you are an aspiring writer, or an emerging writer. You spend a day hanging out with people in your field. Making...

Creating Unique and Memorable Characters

I have just finished reading the fifth Kate DiCamillo book I have on my shelf. Each one of her books is more satisfying than the last. Kate weaves such original, compelling stories. But I have been thinking to myself, why do I love these books so...

Writing is a Communal Act

I recently finished Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down The Bones, and really, I could quote every chapter. But I am going to start here, at chapter "Writing Is A Communal Act". Several friends and students have said to me that they avoid reading other books, when they are...

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Give yourself permission to write

It's Good Friday. We are faffing around the house. Folding laundry. Painting wooden eggs. Washing up. Putting away. Washing the car. The to-do list is endless. At some point, I might sit down to write, and my husband will start on his new painting. But...

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Fit Writing Into Your Life

I met friends for coffee the other day, and we got chatting about how we weave creativity into our lives. 'How do you do it?' they asked. 'How do you write books, and raise kids? Life feels so overwhelming sometimes.' My answer? Well, I just do it....