Who do you know?

It's sometimes who you know...

It’s sometimes who you know…

Research is always fun, at least it is for me. I enjoy learning about new things, and have been known to spend so much time on my research, I never get around to actually writing anything!

Recently, I was researching something for a book, and while I have found a lot of information online and in the library, nothing beat sitting down with an expert and picking their brains. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

Friday Five – Using Pinterest to help with your writing

At teen writers yesterday, we discussed ways that social media can help you with your writing.  For many writers, it can be used to help with promoting your books, networking, and time wasting, but it can also be used to help you with your writing.

Pinterest was one of the sites we discussed. Here are five ways that Pinterest can help you with your writing, but be warned, set yourself a time limit as pinning can be a huge time sucker! [Read more…]

5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

This week, I welcome Debra Tidball to Friday Five to share some writing tips.

5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

(or everything I know about writing I learned from LEGO)

I like to think of writing as play – playing with words and ideas to create something that excites readers to think differently.  As writers, we often have the idea that writing is work, and we feel angst when it isn’t going how we would like. If we think of writing as play it removes it from the realm of chore into pleasure. It’s an analogy I use when talking with kids in schools – and in these days of writing on computers, it’s an easy concept for kids to visualise words, sentences and paragraphs as blocks to delete, cut and paste etc, – just like re-arranging LEGO bricks. Both forms of play are imaginative, whether you build buildings or stories – you have an idea in your head that you want to represent in a concrete form, and you manipulate elements (bricks or words) to do it. It’s fun – bringing form to the formless – in one case from a puddle of blocks on the floor, and in the other from fragments of ideas floating around inside your head. So what are 5 ways writing is like playing with LEGO? [Read more…]

Friday Five – Guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

I mentioned in last weeks Friday Five that I was inviting some of my writing buddies to contribute their tips (the first one will start next week). I’ve hosted guest posts here a few times as well as contribute as a guest blogger to a few blogs, both as a regular contributor and as an occasional one, taking up opportunities when I find them.

Submitting a guest post on a blog is a great way to grow your profile and promote your books. Here are five tips on what to do if you are submitting a guest blog post: [Read more…]

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Chocolate as a writing prompt

Today marked the start of the Teen Writers group at my local library. I wanted something cool to start the year off – so I picked up a box of chocolates. Other than the fact that most teenagers like chocolate, there was a method to my madness.

A box of chocolates can be a great tool in your writing – and not just for snacking on! They also make great writing prompts.

I chose a box of Cadbury Favourites. Quite apart from the fact they were on special, the chocolates inside had names such as Dream, Picnic, Boost and Flake. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Welcome to a new year. One of my goals this year is getting the Friday Five humming again, and I’m inviting some of my writing buddies to help me. Keep your eye out for them.

We’ve had a lovely break over the Christmas/New Year period, but now school and other activities are starting up again. It can be hard to find time to writing.

Here are five tips that work for me to find time to write in the midst of a busy life: [Read more…]

Who Inspires You?

Who inspires you?

Who inspires you?

At Monash Writers last week, we had a discussion on the topic “Good writers know themselves”. As part of this, we were asked who inspires us and given a few minutes to write it down.

I sat for a while, struggling as no one came to mind… [Read more…]

Reducing the overwhelm

Trying to reduce the overwhelm

Trying to reduce the overwhelm

In the second half of 2014, I was finding life overwhelming. This had a negative impact on my writing – I barely finished my draft for ChaBooCha Lite in September, I have editing that needs to be done that I haven’t got to, there are stories that need to be written that are just sitting in my head or as notes in notebooks, even marketing for Swallow Me, NOW! could be better.

Something has to change in 2015. I’ve already talked about getting back to exercise, now it’s time to look at other things that are overwhelming. [Read more…]

Successes for 2014

Successes for 2014

Successes for 2014

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2014. [Read more…]

Writing and exercise

Exercise and writing

Exercise and writing

I’ve decided I have to get back to the gym. For over a year, I was going 2-3 times a week and was feeling great. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, I stopped going. I’ve found that not moving has had a strange impact on my writing…

When I was getting regular exercise, I was feeling great, losing weight, and had a lot more energy for writing and editing, as well as work, running around after kids, and everything else a busy Mum needs to do. [Read more…]