(for kids) Writing stories – are you a real life thief?

My guest blog for Reading for Australia

This is Miss Poppy Calder – more of her laterReading for Australia is the website for the national Kids’ Lit Quiz Question: Your teacher announces ‘Homework tonight is a 600 word story entitled/The First Day of School/A Sinister Stranger/ Looking For Reindeers In Pink Tutus on Mars.’Does your heart go ) or ( ?…

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Copywriting vs writing for kids

You'd be surprised how similar they are


Updated July 2016 to comply with recent Google changes.

Are you a two-hat writer?

On the one hand an erm … efficient, grounded, moneymaking copywriter? And on the other a self-indulgent, neurotic, impoverished purveyor of fiction? Join the large, mildly schizophrenic and usually frustrated club.

As a children’s author and copywriter, I won’t linger on this well-trodden track.…

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If you want to be a writer …

You'll be given lots of advice


Be it children’s stories, literary fiction, web copy, poetry, newsletters, plays, picture books … whatever. There’s a myriad of self-styled experts out there – both on and off-line. Very well-meaning. And just busting to tell you just how to go about it! The first thing they’ll tell you is to Find Your Own Voice.…

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