My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Getting from A-Z, my writing process

I was asked to join in this blog tour by Becky Fyfe. You can read her post here. So, here goes…

1) What am I working on?

I’ve just started a new chapter book as part of the Chapter Book Challenge. It’s a story about a kid who comes from a sporty family, but doesn’t like playing football, in this case, it’s Aussie Rules Football. It follows him in Grade 6 when he has to play for the football team in interschool sport and how he deals with it.

There are other projects too, such as editing my book from last years challenge, however they are on hold for March while I work on the first draft of my next chapter book.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are a lot of chapter books about Aussie Rules Football. However, most of these books are about kids who love playing football, but this one is about a different aspect of the game. It also has a message to kids that even if they don’t like playing sport, they can still be involved in other ways.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Part of what I write is to get the thoughts and characters out of my head. With some of the chapter books I’m writing, I’m rewriting a bit of my own history. I had a hard time growing up and these stories rewrite things to the way I wish they had happened.

4) How does your writing process work?

I’ve never been able to write an out line, at least not a firm outline. Even when I was at school, I’d write the story then write the outline to hand in to the teacher! Instead, for chapter books, I like to have a rough idea of how the story will go, but I don’t have a firm outline. I find the story flows much better this way, at least for me.


Here are some of my friends who will add their posts to the “My Writing Process” blog tour. Their posts will be up on 10th March.

Jeanette O’Hagan is an avid fantasy and science-fiction fan. She has lived in Australia and Africa. She has practiced medicine, taught theology, accumulated a few degrees and is currently caring for her young children, enjoying post-graduate studies in writing at Swinburne University and writing her Akrad Legacy series.

Rhonda Pooley – I have been a receptionist for a funeral company and a regional tourist centre; have operated a cleaning business, worked in a book shop and as a teacher in secondary schools. I enjoy my family (husband and four children), theatre, cinema and life drawing (not necessarily in that order!). University education in my late forties re-ignited an interest in creative writing. That, ultimately, led to the publication of my first book, Cambodian Harvest in April this year.

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  1. Miranda Kate says:

    Funny, I never thought about writing about what I had hoped had happened in my childhood, rather than what did. Mine was rough, and a lot of my writing expresses the emotions and situations I found myself in, but in a dark way. Hmmm, that gives me food for thought on new approaches.

  2. Hi Melissa
    Thanks for tagging me in the blog tour.
    I like the idea of a book about football with the main character not keen on sport and football in particular. I didn’t like sport when I was at school but discovered some I enjoyed as an adult.

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