Tag Archives: writing

Waiting

While I sit in the park jiggling the pusher while the boys sleep I’ve been looking at some old drafts of stories. For a start I love Dropbox. It lets me access my documents from any computer and work on the latest version. Including on the phone. Brilliant! Secondly I’m really happy with the latest […]

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Advice: drafting and reading aloud

Next installment taken from email Q&As Now we all know that picture books will be read out loud to kids. So this means that it is absolutely vital for writers to read their work out loud as they draft it so we know how it sounds. However, even that is not fool-proof. Read on: We […]

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Advice: the illustrator’s job – storyboards and roughs

Here’s another response to a question relating to being provided with suggestions for the pictures or a storyboard by the writer: This sounds terrible but I’d rather not ever have suggestions from the author on the visuals. The exception being something vital that is not mentioned in the story, but is intrinsic to it (like […]

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Advice: charging for illustrations

I’ve been answering quite a few emails lately seeking advice on aspects of the industry. So I thought I’d put some tailored excerpts here in case anyone else was wondering the same things. Don’t forget, there is always the Getting Published page too which has lots more info and suggestions, especially about whether or not […]

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Writing & Painting

I’m sitting in Cafe Bagatelles on Rathdowne st. It’s become a regular Monday pilgrimage when I have writing to be done. I sit in a good corner where the glare doesn’t stop me reading the computer screen, the draft is slight, the music is quiet and I can glance up at the world beyond the […]

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Memories

I really envy people their good memories. I don’t have one. I have a terrible one really. And I think I’ve lost so much of my childhood which, being a children’s writer, it would be really good to access! We were talking about memories on the weekend during the session on Grand Final day. One […]

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An Epic milestone for The Protector

Oh happy day! I’ve finished draft one of the graphic novel!! It’s called the Protector, which was previously the Collector, which was previously, well… many other concepts until it settled into this final form. It’s over 9000 words and 20 pages long and not one syllable of it will be in the final book. I […]

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Not drawing – writing

I’ve been a blogging mouse lately! Barely a squeak. In the last fortnight have been meetings, travel, planning and squeezing in work whenever possible. I’ve been working hard and it’s been unusual work for me. Not drawing – writing. It’s the Epic, of course. The textless graphic novel that is up to about 8000 words. […]

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So you always wanted to write a picture book…

Later this year – from Wed 15 Jul to Wed 19 Aug 2009 I’m running a six week Short Course in writing for children. We’ll be looking at all sorts of things from picture books to chapter books – and the many styles within this genre. It’s a fascinating area! There’s a lot to talk […]

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