16 February 2018 | Writing

Waiting and writing, then waiting and writing some more

While I’m waiting to hear news about my first book which is under submission to a publisher, I’m working on my next book. My first book has taken about five years to write, starting from when it was initially a picture book. I will never, ever, ever write a book like that again! I had…

13 October 2017 | Writing

Character arc – in fiction and life

Although the word ‘journey’ has become synonymous with reality television shows, it’s an important part of stories. The journey a character goes on during the course of a novel is often what attracts us to the book. How does a man who has lost his memories reconnect with the people in his old life? What…

15 September 2017 | Editing

Revision checklist

‘I’m making a list, and checking it twice …’ No, I’m not pretending I’m Santa. I’ve drawn myself up a checklist to revise my children’s novel before I send it into a publisher next month. I’ve finished going through it scene by scene, working through about 5,000 words a week with my writing friend. That’s…

7 July 2017 | Children's Fiction, Writing

Van Gogh – ‘arrive at the truthful’

Last weekend – because there was no sport in the school holidays – hooray! – we all went to the Vincent van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. It was beautiful and crowded. Beautiful because the paintings were amazing. I loved seeing the brush strokes and the vivid colours. I must admit, I…