8 March 2016 | Writing, Writing Notes

Kate Forsyth – plotting a novel

My current definition of intense – spending a day with Kate Forsyth while she teaches the finer points of plotting a novel. I flew to Sydney (blue skies, warm weather, gorgeous friends) for the weekend to do a writing course at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Kate was equal parts inspiration and practicality – I finished…

1 March 2016 | Writing

March writing

It may seem as if I’m justifying my time here – but I worked really hard in February! I worked on the last draft of the first children’s book in my series this month. I’m nearly ready to send it off by the end of the week to a publisher’s competition. I feel as if…

1 December 2015 | Children's Fiction, Writing

November writing

This month, my one and only writing goal was to start and finish the second novel in my children’s series. I signed up for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where participants are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel. And I am happy to report I did it! 55,638 words in November! I am…

20 November 2015 | Writing

The NaNoWriMo writerly haze

I’m two thirds of the way into NaNoWriMo, the international program where you sign up to write 50,000 words of your novel. First time, and it’s intense. I’m sitting at 34,159 words, to be precise. Eleven days left to write 15,841 words. The numbers are very important, both the one going up and the one…