Category: Writing

You won’t remember me…

Whenever my writing life encounters a road block or a pothole, I draw my support and motivation from a stockpile of emails from readers. One of the rewards of being a kid’s author… Continue reading

Read Like a Writer, Write Like a Reader?

One of the things I love about social media is it makes my brain buzz. Read like a Reader, Read Like a Writer About a week ago I wandered into a conversation going on in… Continue reading

Advice for Slow Writers

I’ve come to accept that in the writing world, I’m a tortoise. I’m still a little envious when I see spectacular word counts trumpeted on Twitter. And impressed and inspired. But no matter… Continue reading

How I Found Four-and-a-Quarter More Hours to Write – Every Single Week

There are lots of posts about finding time to write. Unfortunately most of them don’t help me. I’m already super-organised, having Trello-ed my life (and even the pantry). I successfully juggle four… Continue reading

Live and Local, SWF and Kate DiCamillo

It was a writerly weekend. On Saturday, the Sydney Writers Festival was literally streaming into the Gong Town Hall. The program included live-streamed sessions from the Big Show in Sydney and local events… Continue reading

Pearls of Wisdom

One of the things I love about children’s books is they often contain perfectly formed pearls of wisdom. You can take them out of context and they don’t tarnish. You can take… Continue reading

Minecrafting a Story Workshop

What could be better than computer games and writing? When it comes to Minecraft, they go together perfectly. I have heaps of fun at my Minecraft workshops and the kids are always… Continue reading

SCBWI Andrea Pinkney Award

I love first pages. Some people judge a book by its cover and I’ve done that too. But for me, the first page is king. If the first page is wonderful, I’m… Continue reading

Week 3-4 #STUBC16: Where I Want to Visit

Week 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge is  free choice and Week 4 is “About Your World”. Some of my students are doing Activity 7 “The Place I Would Like to Visit Most”. That… Continue reading

Awesome Animals Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to welcome an author whose life-long dedication to children’s literature is inspirational. It was my privilege to give the introduction speech when she was so deservedly given the Lady Cutler… Continue reading