Do You Know Your Why?

Are you feeling a little lost as an author? Are you just going day-to-day doing what you think you're meant to be doing with no insight as to why, or where you should focus your attention? You’re blogging, or not blogging, you’re on social media, you’re writing stories that are in your head, you're told to build an author platform and yet you have no idea what it means, and you’ve joined a critique group. Maybe you are running around doing all this stuff and are losing heart. You know that deep ...
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Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn't have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank you! I feel blessed to be a part of this always-inspiring world. To celebrate, a few of us Just Write For Kids bloggers got together to reflect personally ...
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The Business of Writing: How to be an Authorpreneur

For many of creative people, it is difficult to take off the ‘creative hat’, so to speak, and put on the ‘business hat’. However, in this day and age of living in a noisy and busy world it is vital. Allison Tait interviewed Hazel Edwards in 2013 about the business of writing in her blog post The Business of Writing: How to be an Authorpreneur. Check out the interview as it is chock  full of information. Hazel walks the talk when it comes to authorpreneurship. She has written the book on it, l...
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An Interview With Robert Vescio on Balancing Writing Life as a Single Parent

Writing books is not an easy task. Ask any author who is single, or has the space to just write for hours on end without interruption, it is a tough slog. What happens if you throw work and family into the mix, and then add being a single parent. How would you get any writing done? Recently I put the question to a few authors about balancing writing and family life. I received an insightful, real and honest look into balancing writing and family life as a single parent from Robert Vescio. ...
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Diving into Picture Books—Signposts for Authors and Illustrators

Are you an aspiring or emerging children’s book author? Not too sure of what you have to do? How do you write that opening sentence? What is a story board? Do I need one? How do I work with an illustrator? Do I need to find one? What are agents looking for? The answers to these questions, and more, are just ahead. Writing Picture Books Opening sentences are important for every story, every novel—and this includes Picture Books. Find out the various types of sentences you can use for yo...
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The Perplexing Process of Writing

So you’ve gotten an understanding of the actual craft of writing, but where to from here? I don’t know about you, but I question everything. So then I have to search for answers. How do you develop your ideas? How do write your novel? How do you get your head around book genres, categories of children’s books, formats and word counts? I don’t know about you, but it can be a perplexing, puzzling and confusing time. (Yeah! I know I just said the same thing three times, but that is how bad ...
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6 Tips on the Art of Writing – With Links

As an emerging author, I have often gotten stuck in my writing. My writing feels bland, the words are flat, the dialogue is going nowhere, the story slumps in the middle, the ending is too abrupt, or my writing is just not ‘sparkling.’ If you are like me, you spend hours trawling websites, or reading ‘How to write’ books - time that I would rather be spending on the craft of writing. I have found myself at the bottom of the proverbial 'mountain of information', and no path forward. So here a...
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10 Practical Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers

“I hate books!” “I hate reading!” “Books are boring!” These are comments that are heard in household and at school. And it is becoming more prevalent. To me, this is a tragedy. Books can open up the world to a child. The can learn new things. They can escape to another time, another place, another country, or even another planet or alternate dimension. Reading books can be relaxing, exciting, entertaining or just pure escapism. My story Reading was not always fun for me. I hav...
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