Tagged: writing

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Writing, chaos and contentment

I did a day’s teaching today and one of my colleagues commented on how relaxed I looked. I admitted to feeling relaxed and she asked what my secret was. She said wanted to know what she needed to do to feel ‘just a bit of what I feel’ so that she could and make to ‘after-Christmas,’ when she could relax a bit.’ It’s an incredibly...

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Writers’ Group: A fabulous institution

I was writing an article about convening Writers’ Groups for kids for the Australian Education Times this afternoon, and couldn’t help reminiscing about the Writers’ Group that began my own journey to publication. I was part of a fabulous Writers’ Group for a few years before my teaching and studies began to dominate and I took a break from the group.  I miss it. The following...

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I’m not crazy, the voice in my head is!

I need to learn how to kill someone — without getting caught. I’ve done a lot of research now, and I’m pretty sure I could pull it off. I have to be careful not to raise suspicion though (note to self: remember to clear browsing history regularly). It has to be quick, relatively painless, and non-violent. I hate violence. And it would help if it...

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On Publishing, promotion and putting yourself on the line

The manuscript (and several more following it) is complete, the contract signed, editing done, book cover sorted, publisher’s launch over. You’d be forgiven for thinking that my work as an author is over, but you’d be wrong. Very wrong. I was at the Australian Book Expo, at Olympic Park last weekend, to sign books and talk to people about my new release. The expo itself...

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Sensitivity and the Writer

I’m a delicate little flower. People tend to laugh when I say this, but it’s true! I am a very sensitive person. I think people tend to laugh because sensitivity is all-too-often confused with weakness. But I am definitely NOT a weak person. I am someone who feels deeply. Sometimes I might struggle with expressing those feelings in a way that others can understand. Sometimes deep...

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Creating anomalous characters

Empathy is a valuable skill as a writer. Being able to put yourself in someone else’s position to get an idea of how and why they might think or feel about something is important when you are creating characters that might be different to yourself. But what about when it comes to understanding what motivates a person to do something that you yourself would or...

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The trouble with grammar

  ‘Intelligence supersedes grammar… Grammar is secondary to content… Language is changing anyway so grammar doesn’t really matter…’ These are some of the statements I (over)heard during the week at a conference I attended for PhD researchers. These candidates were were having informal discussions about their work and their personal processes in writing up their research. As a writer, I was astounded. But as someone...

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How important is reading to you?

“Not every reader writes, but every writer reads.”  Attribution: Every writer I know (worth their salt). It’s an important statement for a lot of reasons. A writer needs to be very familiar with the genre in which they write, as well as have a comprehensive understanding of the demographic for whom they write. How else can they do this, except by reading? I know a...

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The Incredible Power of Writing

I sat down to write about the amazing transformation I’m seeing in some of the kids I work with in my Writers’ Groups. Then I remembered I’ve written this type of post before. Rather than link back to the original post, I’m going to repost it below.  The kids I’m referring to today are a mixed bag of young teens. They were from different schools, different...

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When Writing Becomes Destructive

  This week I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of supervising the NAPLAN tests in a primary school I teach in sometimes.  Yep, it’s that time of year again. Standardised testing. A process where some bright spark who has probably never set foot in a school, thinks it’s a good idea for every student in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, to sit the same exam at...