Hey, sleepy head. Did you miss Part One? You can read it here. Okay, so I’ve eased up a bit. This next lot? Not so hard-arse. 5. Always begin with pen and paper. Go to the computer later but connect your hand to your brain first. It’s a physical thing. Our imagination is stimulated by … More Tough love tips for aspiring authors: Part Two
Got on your thick skin? Here we go! 1 Don’t die with your book in you. Write. Learn. Commit to doing the grunt work. Stop thinking about writing and write. Don’t expect your first book to be a bestseller. Don’t even expect it to be published. Want to write a series? I went along to see … More Four tough love tips for aspiring authors. Part one.
Hey there, sunshine! Everyone wants their work to pop, right? Here’s another bundle of goodness (and shiny tips) from the Q & Q Friday files—yours to enjoy in whatever form takes your fancy. You can watch the video here: Click below to listen to the audio: or visit the Girl and Duck Podcast on iTunes where you can subscribe and listen on … More The Q & Q Files: Shining on the Slush Pile
Yes! (Dainty air punch.) This is the first of many transcripts I’ll be sharing with you, dear reader, over the coming months. Q & Q Friday (questions and quacks), straight from Duckie TV to you!I got words. I got videos. I got sound files. I got the lot! It’s a veritable picnic of advice, opinions and… … More The Q & Q Files. How do I know when my book is ‘finished’?
One of the things I love most about working in this industry is the people I get to meet and hang out with—people who are talented and generous and spirited and nine times out of ten just as loopy as I am (I mean that in the nicest possible way). Tania McCartney is definitely one … More Writing nonfiction for kids
IMPORTANT MISSIVE TO POTENTIAL DUCKETTES Or: A quick note from my studio. If you have this note you obviously follow the girl and duck blog. But are you also an Official Card Carrying Duckette? What I mean is, do you subscribe to girl and duck? I hope so because I don’t want you to miss any … More Publishing industry etiquette
I have the lurgy, dear reader, and I have spent the day in bed. Here’s what I’ve been doing (in bed): Reading Flow magazine Reading The Element by Ken Robinson Answering emails to sweet people and nice girls Watching Ted Talks Thinking about YOU. That’s why I’ve written this list. I hope you find it … More Twenty Top Tips: Writing Books for Kids
I LOVE seeing bookshops on the big screen. Or on the telly. Anywhere, really. Here are some of my favourites. I bet I’ve missed heaps. Let me know your favourites! Jen xo If you’d like to keep up with the latest newsletters and creative writing videos from girl and duck, you can subscribe here. It’s totes … More My seven favourite bookshops on screen
Sometimes I don’t want to write about writing. Sometimes I just want to write about the little things. Like puberty, petty crimes and rural isolation. Stuff that would probably go well in YA novel. Bugger. I didn’t mean to bring it back to writing. In 1976 (or thereabouts) my friends and I discovered Seventeen Magazine. Not in the … More Girls and Make-up: Crimes of Fashion
This morning I skipped up to the breakfast table and said to Himself, ‘I love writing sooo much!’ Himself looked suspicious. He rarely hears me say such a thing. Usually it’s, ‘I hate writing!’ Or, ‘I’m never doing this again!’ Or, ‘This book is PATHETIC. Someone else can write it.’ But this morning was different. This morning … More Finding our voice with words or paint. It’s all the same.