At the beginning…

How to start the story…

Now that I know what I want the story to be like, I need to work out where it starts. As this is the first book, I was thinking that it could start before the first stop when he is first recruited into the good guys organisation, however I’m starting to think that this will give away too much unnecessary information.

As there will be three stops, the story could start at any of these three points, though the general consensus from the Chapter Book Challenge group seems to be that it should start before the first stop… [Read more…]

Good guys, bad guys…

Creating good guys, and bad guys

One of the suggestions my kids came up with was having some bad guys in the story, something last years book didn’t have. This is something that I’ve been working on. In order to have bad guys, I also needed some good guys. Jimmy James, my main character, is one of the good guys, so I needed to work out where he fit in the grand scheme of things, and then work out who the bad guys were going to be.

With this in mind, the whole structure of the story changed, as well as some of the things I wanted to do with it. [Read more…]

The power of three…

The power of three

I’ve recently started reading Writing Hannah by Libby Gleeson. I first discovered Libby Gleeson when Mum borrowed I Am Susannah from the library when I was in primary school when it was a fairly new book. So, I was excited to discover that she had written a book about writing for children.

When she is talking about planning the events for her book Hannah and the Tomorrow Room, she discusses the number of attempts Hannah makes to get rid of Grandpa and discusses having three events, each one building to the climax of the story. [Read more…]

Planning a chapter book

Planning a book

It’s Author Blog Challenge time again, and during March I’m joining in the Chapter Book Challenge once again. For the blog challenge, I’m going to take a leaf out of Ashley Howland’s blog and share my planning for the chapter book challenge.

During last years Chapter Book Challenge, I wrote a Jimmy James story. It was OK and got me in to writing chapter books, however it wasn’t the most brilliant piece of writing in the World. It had plenty of room for improvement. Since the challenge, I’ve been looking at the story and how to change it to make the story more exciting, but still have elements of the original aims for the series. [Read more…]

Designing a gadget – or two…

Asking kids to design gadgets?

Mr N has been bugging me to let him illustrate one of my stories. He’s not bad at art, some of the pieces he comes home with are stunning. I’ve framed some hand they are hanging in pride of place around the house, however I’m not sure he’s the right illustrator for my books…

I’m now at the stage where I need to describe some gadgets, ones that don’t exist. I’ve been trying to describe them, however they are not quite working for me. I know what I want the gadget to do, however I’m having issues explaining what it looks like. [Read more…]

Day 8 – Pole Vault & Mentors

Pole Vault & Mentors

It’s Day 8 of the Blogging Olympics and it’s inspired by the Pole Vault. The challenge today is to talk about mentors.

I don’t really have a writing mentor, as such, right now. I suppose members of the writing groups I’m part of fill that role in my life.

The relationship is informal, and we post questions and comments to each other as well as emailing from time to time. There are no rules to how often we post or respond to each other.

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How long do socks last?

How long do socks last?

I’m doing some editing of my Jimmy James stories. I’ve come across an interesting issue.

How long do socks last in your house before you have to throw them out?

In our house, it seems I’m constantly throwing out socks that have holes in them! Most surprisingly, my boys seem to be happy to wear them with holes, even holes so big that their toes poke through. Not just one toe, but all five toes….

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Day 5: Prepare

Day 5: Prepare

It’s Day 5 of the Mastering the Habits of Great Writers challenge. The challenge today is to ship it. You can read the full challenge here.

The good news here is this is exactly what I’ve been doing this week – shipping out my drafts for feedback. The next step is making changes to my manuscripts and then shipping them out again.

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I had a dream last night…

Dream I had last night…

I think I’ve been immersed in my stories a bit much lately. I had a strange dream last night.

I was wearing a tiara and a Superman cape, reading my book to a group of kindergarten kids, with some cool activities ready to share with them.

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Prompt #23 – Hollywood Calling

When Hollywood calls…

The 23rd prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

If a Hollywood agent were to come knocking on your door with an offer to turn your book into a movie and told you that you could call all the shots, who would you have direct and star in it? Write the first paragraph of Roger Ebert’s review of your film.

This might seem odd, but I would rather an Australian director come and want to turn my Jimmy James stories into a TV series for ABC3 rather than a movie, however the Accidental WAHM stories would be good movies.

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