In conversation with a wolf (who is also an illustrator)

When I was an aspiring children's author back in the 1980s, the only career guidance I could find was Mem Fox's autobiography. Ahem. Aside from that there was one other book, a textbook, kicking around. But it was fairly lacklustre and I don't recall its title. Other than that, it was just me and me typewritin' machine (it …

Interview the first

Live from the desk of Jen Storer, children's author... and roving reporter. See this pic? Two empty chairs. My studio. Last week. Perhaps you saw this pic on facebook or twitter or flitting about elsewhere in the magical ethers? So what's it all about? I know some of you follow the blog but don't subscribe to girl and duck. …

Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story.

Today in my morning pages I had an ah-ha moment. Man, it was a long time coming. Sometimes I'm astonished by how blinkered I can be. But once I had the realisation, I thought, I have to share this with the duckies! And while we're at it, for those of you who haven't heard me quack about morning pages …

Ten literary devices. Or how to zhoosh up your creative writing.

Sit up straight. Eyes and ears facing forward, please. The teacher is IN. The following is a list of basic literary devices. Literary devices? I know! It sounds impressive. Sorry if you feel like you're back at school. But sometimes we forget about this stuff and I do think it's worth revisiting. You could also think …

PASSION! The big P of creative writing.

Behold, creative writing duckettes! The three Ps that will keep you going through the tough times. Patience, perseverance and passion. Sadly not one of them is coated in chocolate. But that could easily be arranged. Patience. Easy peasy. All this means is that we simply have to patient with ourselves. We have to give ourselves time to learn. Sounds like a …

Sing, fish, sing! Creating quirky characters in fiction

Hello ducksters! This week in class we looked at character. It's a HUGE topic. Everyone had loads to say, especially me. I didn't get through half the material I wanted to cover. I didn't even have time to eat a cupcake. And there were cupcakes. And mini muffins. Lemon butter biscuits. Homemade banana bread. Hold on. What I mean to say …