Phew! I’ve collected a list of my most popular blog posts and online resources for young writers, teachers, creators, home-schoolers…and anyone who’s keen to live more creatively or to learn more about the craft of writing…
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1: Top ten tips for writing great stories. Perfect for students.
2: GR8 Tips for Writing GR8 Short Stories. Great for writing short stories.
3: Looking for opportunities and writing competitions for young writers? Check WritingWA’s terrific page for young writers.
4: Five top tips for turning your child on to reading Advice for parents with reluctant readers
6: Twelve ways to read a picture book Advice from visual literacy expert Dr Ernie Bond on deconstructing picture books.
7: Author marketing: example bios, straplines and spiffing pants Advice from Hachette Australia’s Jaki Arthur on how to market yourself as an author.
8: Six top tips: Preparing for the NAPLAN narrative writing test Ideas on how to quickly establish great characters and emotionally involve your reader – also useful to those not about to take a NAPLAN test 😉
9: Fifteen things I learned redrafting my novel: how to edit your own work Advice is hard to take, especially when you’re giving it to yourself, but I have learned the hard way.
10: How to steal story ideas and ingredients from history, science and culture Blast away the fictional cobwebs with some inspiration from the real world. It really works!
11: How to write a synopsis: four big secrets and an example Because we all need a gripping blurb…
12: How to get published: secrets revealed at the Perth Writers Festival Some gems from publishing professionals.
13: Ten questions your TV pitch should answer…with producer Amanda Higgs Loved ‘Secret Life of Us’ or ‘The Time of Our Lives’? Check out these tips from producer Amanda Higgs.
14: Three-step CPR for your feature film script (or my over-edited novel) Stuck with your draft novel and don’t know where to turn? Try this.
15: Want to inspire your people to live more creatively? Or see how science and tech go hand-in-hand with creativity and curiosity? Or peek behind the scenes into how a book gets made? Invite me to speak at your school, library, festival or conference.
16: Download my F.A.S.T ideas for researching stories.
17: Download my creative writing techniques for hot D.A.T.E.S. Creativity takes practise, so make sure you have a nice chunk of time, all to yourself, and try writing a scene that uses these five fabulous techniques.
18: Ideas for open-ended STEAM investigations and enquiry-based literature-linked learning in your classroom.