Creativity, consistency, comfort and other writing advice you may have missed

Posted on May 29, 2023

I love writing for children. I love teaching kids about writing. But I especially love talking about writing with other authors who write in the kids/YA space.

One such author is international bestseller Amie Kaufman, who has hit the New York Times bestselling lists many times, and remains one of the most down-to-earth interviewees you could hope to meet.

This week, Amie and I staged a takeover of the Words and Nerds podcast, getting together for my occasional series about Creativity.

We talked about the importance of consistency for creativity – showing up is half the battle – and threw in a few more C words for good measure: like Conjuring up worlds, and Co-authoring.

Allison Tait Amie Kaufman Words and Nerds

Have a listen here – you won’t regret it!


More writing advice

And while we’re in the world of writing tips and advice, here’s a list of my posts about writing for the Australian Writers’ Centre blog that you may have missed.

Is your protagonist too comfortable?

Is it time to bring back the author blog?

Beta reading for beginners: 5 tips for providing helpful feedback

Do you need to write every day to be a real author?

Making sure your manuscript stands out in the slush pile

Three ways to tap into your creativity

Need to edit your own writing? Here’s where to start

Choosing a title for your novel

What is deep Point Of View – and how do you make it work on the page?

3 ways to create compelling characters (your reader will care about)

6 more top tips for writing commercial fiction


Other news

•June is another big month in my online Write With Allison Tait group. We’re welcoming Pamela Cook to our Industry Insider Zoom, to chat about the nuts and bolts of writing, publishing (traditional and indie), podcasting and more.

Write With Allison Tait online writing group

I’m also kicking off another round of #writeabookwithal, so if you’re looking for a daily dose of cheerleading and inspiration, now’s the time! to join!

•In other news, Your Kid’s Next Read now has a newsletter (sign up free here), with additional information, expert advice and resources for paid subscribers. On top of reading, Allison Rushby and I will be sharing tips for writers of all ages. Find out more here.

•And last but by no means least, my new middle-grade novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE (Scholastic Australia) is about to go to print and I’ll be updating my site with all the details next month! Can’t wait to share my ‘cosy mystery for kids’ with you!


Allison Tait writing tips and adviceAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

There’s more about my online writing courses here and full details about Write With Allison Tait, my online writing community offering Inspiration, Motivation, Information and Connection, here


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