What defines a main character?

Sometimes we refer to people as ‘real characters’. How weird. Is this uniquely Australian? Is it an Australianism? ‘Oh, my great aunt was a real character!’ Either way, it’s nearly always a term of endearment. There are loads of characters in my daily circle. The old bloke who wears a duster coat, drives a 1950s…

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The Key to Writing Great Stories

  People are always asking me, Jen, how do I make my writing shine? Jen, what will make my manuscript pop? Jen, what’s the one, single, best, top of the charts, CRACKERJACK thing that will make my stories sparkle? Weeeeell… Maybe it’s voice. Maybe it’s character. Maybe it’s originality, verve, heart. The list is like…

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The 2 problems publishers have with rhyming picture books

Hello, sunshine!  Missing Q & Q Friday? Here’s a transcript from a  lovely one we recorded last year. Thanks to Suzy from Wagga Wagga in NSW for this awesome Q! You can listen, read or watch. Whatever suits you. or visit the Girl and Duck Podcast on iTunes where you can subscribe and listen on the go. The Q: As an aspiring illustrator who…

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The Q & Q Files. How do I know when my book is ‘finished’?

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……

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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.…

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video: Handmade books. How to make a gorgeous eight-pager.

Looking for a project to spark some picture book ideas or get you into the visual zone? This might help. Also, watch out for my ten top tips at the end of the video. 🙂

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video: Art supplies for beginners (you know, those of us who love art and are desperate to dabble).

Dream, imagine, play, create. That’s the girl & duck motto. So to kick things off I’ve made a little video. Or vlog. Or…moving picture thingy. No matter. It’s about the dizzying maze of art supplies. I love fine art and I ADORE illustration. There really is no difference to me, it’s all a joy. Because…

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