To ADVERB or NOT? That is the question.

Have you ever succumbed to the temptation of not trusting verbs to do their job? Like if your hero ‘walked slowly down the road‘ when he could’ve trudged, ambled, plodded, tramped, staggered, crawled … you get the picture? Maybe you’ve become a bit of a writer-ly ‘adverb-Nazi’? Scouring your manuscripts of those haughty, naughty adverbs? ... Continue Reading →

Finding your story … easier said than done

Some people are much more comfortable writing first drafts, rushing along like a fully-laden diesel train, without  stopping until the end to check the load. Me, I'm like that little old red, steam engine that could ... you know the one, I think I can, I think I can.... ad nuaseum ... chugging along, steadily,... Continue Reading →

Jumping into the waters of Independent Publishing … interviewing Angela Sunde, author

I'm thrilled to host my friend and author, the lovely Angela Sunde, on the occasion of the launch of her new novel for kids, Snap Magic. Angela's own tweenhood experiences were the inspiration for Snap Magic's cringe worthy laugh-out-loud moments. As she says, 'Writing Snap Magic took me right back to being twelve years old.... Continue Reading →

SCBWI Queensland authors’ and illustrators’ exhibition

Have you ever wondered how authors and illustrators get their ideas? Or about the process involved to bring a new book to life?  In this National Year of Reading 2012, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Queensland (SCBWI) have collated a special exhibition... JOURNEY OF A BOOK: Celebrating books, from idea to publication... Continue Reading →

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