Scene and Sequel method: an infographic

So I was playing around in Canva recently and thought I’d try my hand at a little infographic. This is a printable that highlights the key cycle used for the Scene & Sequel story structure writing method.   Download link: Scenes and Sequel story structure   Click to tweet:    

2016 Work-Life Goals

Health Goals, Writing Goals, Family Goals and Quality of Life, oh my! How am I ever going to find balance in all of that? It’s safe to say that my health issues have trumped every other concern, desire or passion in my life for this last year (ok so most of the last decade or…

My summer reading list

I’ve had a wonderful holiday to Australia this past month and took the time to indulge in many glorious hours of reading. I’ve enjoyed the books I devoured over the last four weeks so much that I thought I’d share them here (in reverse order of reading): And the Mountains Echoed by Hosseini, Khaled The Night…

Musical muse

Many authors swear by music to sooth the savage beast that is their muse. Some folks change their tunes based on the mood or genre of the piece. Switching things from death metal to celtic ballads can mean all the difference in how they write a scene. One member told us that while she wrote…

NaNoWriMo Calendars

Planning on doing NaNoWriMo 2015? Then you need a calendar to count off those days and, more importantly, that word count. I’ve created two printable calendars that will help you win NaNo2015. The first calendar is your default 1667 words per day. This is your NaNo stock-standard word count goal. You can check off the…

Top 20 books for writers

Another gem to share from my Women Writers, Women’s books group on Facebook. Someone asked for book recommendations for budding authors, the responses piled in, as you would expect, but one awesome member compiled the responses into an easy reference list (thanks Wendy): The top 20 books for would-be authors (you can find them all…

Booktoberfest

I’ve been having much fun this week on Instagram, Jenny Bravo of @blotsandplots is hosting #booktoberfest, an event that runs for the full 31 days of my favourite month. The rules are simple, follow the daily prompts, add the #booktoberfest and any other relevant tags, then post it to your Instagram feed, easy as. I’ve made…

Inner Critic

I recently posted a plea for help to the Women Writers, Women’s Books writing group on Facebook. I had completed the ground work for a new YA novel idea. After I’d put all the pieces together I realised that I really, really liked my idea. I liked the themes I was coming up with, I…

The power of words

As writers, we make a career out of words. We understand that a combination of certain words can transport our readers from their lounge room to a habitat on Mars. The right words can make us feel the emotions our characters are feeling. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve escaped into a novel…

35th IBBY International Congress

Auckland will host the 35th IBBY International Congress in August 2015. The IBBY congress explores the excitement and challenges of literature and literacy education in a rapidly changing world.   Calls for Presentations will be available from 1 May 2015 and will close on 30 September 2015. Key dates EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  1 September 2015 –…

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators

Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators  22-30 August 2015 “The [annual Storylines Festival] concept was adopted adopted in 1993 by the Children’s Book Foundation… now the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, and has been developed through subsequent annual festivals. The first Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators was held in Auckland….

Notable Books Awards 2015

“Storylines Notable Books are selected by an expert panel from the Storylines community as books that are worthy of being recognised as ‘Notable’ in each year. The panel includes librarians, authors, teachers, teacher educators and academics; several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor…