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Get writing, with a little help from your friends

My first blog post was about daring to start writing. My second – about how I get inspired (and giant moons). Number three was the top three questions I get asked about writing.

And my last one? This post is about carrying on writing, even when it gets hard. And asking for help.

I’m working on my sixth edit of my fifth story at the moment. Yes, you heard me right – the sixth edit!

This story is 60,000 words long, and I’ve read every one of those 60,000 words over and over, tinkered and played with them, rearranged them, changed them … then started the whole process all over again. Six times in a row.

And it’s still not quite ready to send to a publisher. Before I do that, I’ll ask two clever friends who love words as much as I do to read my story too. They’ll notice things I don’t, and give me advice about ways I can tweak my book to make it even better. Plus they’ll spot the odd word that’s spelled wrong or any words I’ve put in the wrong order too.

So, if you’ve got the writing itch, hitch up your determination, find some clever friends to go on the journey with you, and get writing. It’s worth it – I promise!

Bye for now,

Juliet

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Writing Tip of the Week – Jackie French

This week’s writing tip comes from Jackie French, author of Diary of a Wombat, Hitler’s Daughter, A Rose for the ANZAC Boys, and Oracle.

“I think the most important thing about writing is having confidence – because if you think you can write well you write in your own voice, not copying ideas and expressions and characters from other people.”

 

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Writing Tip of the Week – Brian Falkner

This week’s writing tip comes from Brian Falkner, author of Tomorrow Code, Henry and the Flea, Brainjack, and his new book The Project.

“Writing is like learning to walk. You fall down, you get back up and try again. Little by little you learn from your mistakes. You get better and better at it, and one day it just happens and it is a magical moment.”

If you want to find out more about Brian Falkner’s books and writing, you can visit his cool website or read his Star Author posts here on the blog.

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Writing Tip of the Week – David Hill

This week’s writing tips comes from New Zealand author David Hill, author of See Ya Simon, Fat, Four-Eyed and Useless, and Running Hot.

“a. Read heaps. The more you read, the more ideas you get.
b. Don’t throw any of your writing away.
c. Start sending work away to places like The School Journal.”

You can read our full interview with David Hill on the Interviews with New Zealand Authors page.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Erin Hunter

This week’s writing tip comes from Erin Hunter, creator of the Warriors and Seekers series.

“Make sure you read a variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach you how to describe relationships.  Also, write as many stories as you can, even if no one else reads them.”

If you want to find out more about Erin Hunter and her books, check out her website.  One thing I learnt from her website is that ‘Erin Hunter’ is actually four different authors writing under the same pen name.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Jeff Kinney

This week’s writing tip comes from Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“I would recommend to any kid out there to keep a journal. Most of my friends can’t remember much about their childhood at all, and they wish they could. Even if you only keep a journal for a short while, I guarantee that you’ll treasure it for the rest of your life.”

Check out Jeff Kinney’s very funny website if you’d like to find out more about the author and his books.  You can also watch video’s, play games, and go behind-the-scenes of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Steve Cole

This week’s writing tip comes from Steve Cole, author of Astrosaurs, Cows in Action, Slime Squad and Z-Rex.

“Grow a very thick skin and ask for criticism.  Listening to criticism can help you to write better.  Also, write as much as possible – the more you do, the better you get.”

You can read our interview with Steve Cole here on the blog.  Also, check out Steve’s website for more information about his books, videos and cool free downloads.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Andy Griffiths

This week’s writing tip comes from the very funny Andy Griffiths, author of Just Tricking, Just Stupid, The Bad Book, The Big Fat Cow that goes Kapow, and many others.

“[Get a cheap exercise book] and start writing in it every day… five minutes a day to start with, and gradually increase to at least thirty minutes a day. You get better at writing like you get better at everything else: constant practice.”

Check out Andy Griffiths website to find out more about the author and his books, and watch some cool videos.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Derek Landy

This week’s writing tip comes from Derek Landy, creator of Skulduggery Pleasant, Valkyrie Cain, and many other unpleasant characters.  We asked Derek if he could give one piece of advice to budding writers what would it be?

“You have to have fun. When I wrote the first Skulduggery book I didn’t have a clue whether or not it would be published or if anybody would like it, so I concentrated on having fun.  I packed it full of things that I adore; fight scenes, jokes, horror, adventure, magic. Fun is contagious and if you have fun writing it, the reader will have fun reading it. “

Visit Derek Landy’s website for more information about the author and his books, and to test your knowledge of the Skulduggery books.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Rick Riordan

This week’s writing tip comes from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and his brand new series, The Kane Chronicles about Egyptian gods in the modern-day.

“Read a lot! Read everything you can get your hands on. You will learn the craft of writing by immersing yourself in the voices, styles, and structures of writers who have gone before you.

Write every day! Keep a journal. Jot down interesting stories you heard. Write descriptions of people you see. It doesn’t really matter what you write, but you must keep up practice. Writing is like a sport — you only get better if you practice.”

Visit Rick Riordan’s website for more writing tips, information about the author and his books.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Roald Dahl

This week’s writing tip comes from Roald Dahl, the man who brought you such wacky characters as Willy Wonka, The BFG, and The Twits.

“You must be a perfectionist – you must never be satisfied with what you have written until you have written it again and again and again, making it as good as you possibly can.”

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