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How to spark your kid’s writing fire

How to spark your kid’s writing fire

As the NSW school term begins, and we look down the barrel of potentially weeks and weeks of trying to keep kids engaged with and on top of their school work, I know that many parents are tearing their hair out.

With two high school-aged boys, I’m lucky that the school has pivoted very quickly to online learning and they get their lessons served up to them in regular timetable order. Mostly, they get on with it. But I know that many parents, particularly those with kids in primary school, are needing to be much more hands on. Then, outside of lessons, there are a lot of other hours to fill and parents are wracking their brains for ways to keep kids off screens.

So when the wonderful Australian children’s book author Zanni Louise approached me with this guest post idea, I couldn’t get her to write it fast enough. Because, of course, we both believe that creative writing, in all its many forms, is definitely one of the BEST ways for kids to deal with boredom. In fact, boredom is ALMOST ESSENTIAL to drive the kind of creativity that inspires the best stories. (See this post to find out why.)

Zanni is the author of picture books (Archie and The Bear, Errol, Too Busy Sleeping) and children’s fiction series (The Stardust School Of Dance, Tiggy and The Magic Paintbrush). This month, she released the first two titles in a new picture book series about values, called Human Kind. Here, Zanni Louise gives her top tips for getting your kid writing!

5 ideas to help spark your kid’s love of writing

I’ll be honest, I felt like I was in a pickle for the first few weeks of lockdown, between schooling kids and keeping my writing career alight. But as the weeks pass, our family finds its feet more and more, and isolation is becoming easier. One thing I wanted to really indulge during this time, was not just my own writing life, but my kids’ immersion in writing as well. I know they do some creative writing at school, but at school, writing tasks are often stifled by rules. Back in the day, when I used to talk to kids IRL during school visits, kids would tell me the most important things to remember when writing were capital letters and full stops. Some mentioned sizzling starts, which was impressive! While those things ARE important, what’s really important is your writing confidence. So I thought I’d share a few ideas about ways I try and spark that writing fire.

1. Journalling

Admittedly, I was one of those kids that kept reams of journals under my bed. Also admittedly, I will never ever return to them for fear of what I might find. But one thing I will say about journalling is that it’s a wonderful place to indulge your writing. NO ONE ELSE READS IT! So your writing is for you alone. When we write without an audience, our natural writing voice emerges. Before my kids embark on the good old home-schooling schedule, we set the timer and the kids journal for 15 minutes. I join in. We write about anything and everything, and I am continually amazed at how much my 7 year-old and my 10 year-old both delight in this part of our daily schedule. If your kids feel daunted by this, give them a theme or topic, like ‘How are you feeling?’ Or ‘Aviation History in the 20th Century’ … I don’t know. Anything! And invite them to draw, because some reluctant writers find their way in through doodles and illustration.

2. Take them outside

Since you now have 100 per cent control of your kids during the school day (um …) you may as well take this writing lesson outside. In schools, my students come outside with me, and sit in teepees and on rugs and they love it. It’s a change of atmosphere, for one, and something about being outside really sparks creativity. Sit under a tree, or in a hammock – in a treehouse if you have one! I personally am looking for any opportunity to get my kids away from screens during their learning hours, so this is a good one. You could even try a nature safari! Get kids to collect five things from the garden, lay them out, and write a story about what they find.

3. Create characters together

We tried a really fun exercise at the dining room table the other day. The writer was blindfolded, and told the illustrator as many details as they could about their character. The details were wacky and insane, and both kids took delight seeing what the illustrator had created from their description. Once we had a pile of characters on the table, we made mini books and each kid created their own story about one or more of the characters. Heaps of fun.

4. Do an online course!

There is SO much out there right now, with authors clawing back some of the income they’ve lost this semester and next, by not being able to get to schools. Talk with your teachers about what’s available. Booking agents like Children’s Bookshop (NSW), Speakers Ink (Queensland) and Booked Out (Victoria) have a list of amazing Australian authors available for Skype or Zoom visits. Many authors are offering free activities right now as well. Check out Lunch Doodles with Mo for starters.

5. Read with your kids

Well, this is an obvious one. But with so much home time on our hands, there is nothing like huddling around the proverbial fire, reading aloud to each other. I will never forget the author Kate Beasley talking about how she, her mum and sister read Harry Potter and other series aloud to each other all through her childhood and teenage years. No wonder she became such an accomplished author! Now, go forth, spark fires, and maybe even write yourself. After all, we might as well make the best of this!

Zanni Louise is the author of 16 books for kids, from picture books to junior fiction series. Her new books HUMAN KIND help kids talk about values and what’s important to them. Find out more about them here.        Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher. If you’d love more writing advice for kids, check out my Creative Writing Quest, a 12-module online course with the Australian Writers’ Centre that takes kids, step-by-step, through the process of creative writing – from idea to producing an edited story. All the course details are here.

Writing For Kids: How To Time Travel To The Past

Writing For Kids: How To Time Travel To The Past

In the latest addition to the Writing For Kids series, Claire Saxby looks at setting stories in the past.

Claire’s latest novel Haywire is set in 1939 in the NSW town of Hay.

It’s about 14-year-old Tom, whose family runs the local bakery, and Max Gruber, nearly 14, who is interred and shipped to Australia, ending up in Hay.

When the two boys meet, they become friends, and find their lives influenced by a far-away conflict in Europe.

It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? But when you’re writing about a particular period in history, it’s important to get the details right.

Here, Claire Saxby outlines her five top tips for ‘time travelling’ to the past.

How to time travel to the past 

When I was writing my novel Haywire, I did lots of research about what it was like to live in 1939-1940, when the story is set.

I wanted to know what would have been the same, and what was different. I wanted to know about the houses and the clothes, the food and what the streets looked like.

One tricky question I had when writing Haywire was, ‘How did they make toast?’ (Answer: they used a pan on the stove top). It’s these details that help the reader dive into our story worlds. I found my answers in lots of places.

So how can you find those details for your stories? Strap yourself in and lets go time-travelling!

Tip 1. Look at old photos

Do you have family photo albums? Are they just your close family or are there also albums of your grandparents or their grandparents? Look at their haircuts. Look at the clothes they’re wearing. They’re so different!

If you’re lucky there’ll be some ‘action’ photos. Maybe someone is riding a bike, or a horse. Maybe they’re at a picnic, or swimming at a beach, or on a holiday. Check these photos for background details. What can you see that’s different to now?

Look out for cars. Making stories is about imagining what might happen, what could happen. Imagine sitting in a car from the past. What would the seats feel like? What would the engine sound like? Would you be in the back seat, or the driver’s seat? Now, there’s a story. Where would you go?

Tip 2. Things were different in the past

Food was much simpler, with only a few different vegetables. Hardly anyone ate pasta or rice – can you believe it?

The toilet was outside. There was no air-conditioning inside (except windows). Most houses had a fireplace. There was no television. The radio was bigger than a television. There were no pop-up toasters. How would you cook toast?

Tip 3. Things were just the same

I know what I just said, but this is also true. Some things don’t change.

Tom, in my story, has two brothers and two sisters. His older brothers teach him how to climb trees and play cricket. His older sister helps him with maths. He gives his younger sister shoulder rides and teaches her to climb trees. He doesn’t love homework. The family all eat dinner together.

Tom does the same sorts of things you might do today.

Think about the things you do with your family. Would you be able to do them in the time-travelled past? What might you do instead?

Tip 4: Talk to your family

Everyone. Your parents, aunties and uncles, grandparents, even the neighbours.

Some of them might tell you that time travel is impossible, but just you get them started – you’ll soon be time-travelling all over the place, back to their childhoods!

Ask an aunty or uncle about what your parents were like when they were your age. They’ll soon be introducing you to someone you could never have imagined.

Who could jump the highest?

Who had the best excuse for not tidying their room or helping in the kitchen?

Who was the last to finish dinner?

Who was the best at spitting cherry pips?

You’ll be amazed!

Tip 5: When you’re planning your story, think about WHEN it happens

Let’s say your story problem is about losing a ball.

If you set your story in your backyard today, it will be different to if the story happened yesterday.

Maybe it was windy yesterday and the ball flew over the fence into the backyard of grumpy neighbour, whereas today the ball goes through the window. Oh-oh!

What if you time-travelled back 50 years? Was your house even built then? Perhaps there were no houses near where you are. What was there? Trees? Bushes? So now your character has to find their ball in the bush.

Or maybe it’s millions of years ago and the lost ball is picked up by a dinosaur!

Okay so we’d have to time-travel a long time to meet a dinosaur. But why not?

In writing Haywire, I based my story on something that really happened during WWII and I had to stay as close to the truth as I could (so no dinosaurs).

But you don’t. You can write about anything and include anything you want to.

Time-travelling to the past might be the start of your greatest adventure. Give it a go!

Claire Saxby is a writer, bookseller and bookreader. You can find out more about Claire here, and more about her latest book Haywire here.

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If you’d like more writing tips and advice, why not check out my online creative writing course for kids 9-14! You’ll find it here

Writing For Kids: 5 top tips for creating a page-turning story

Writing For Kids: 5 top tips for creating a page-turning story

I get very excited every time I receive a new post for the Writing For Kids series because I learn something new from every post.

They might be writing tips aimed at kids, but they’re actually brilliant for writers of any age. After all, these are writing tips from some of Australia’s top children’s authors!

This week, Sue Whiting is taking time out from launching her brand-new book – The Book Of Chance – to share her 5 best tips for creating a page-turning story. If you’ve ever read any of Sue’s work – from picture books, through middle-grade fiction, to YA stories – you’ll know that these are tips worth reading.

5 top tips for creating a page-turning story

Don’t you love a book that keeps you up late at night? Turning the pages quickly, heart pumping and eyes flying across the page? I certainly do.

When I write, this is what I’m aiming for too – a thrilling, page-turning story, full of nail-biting suspense. One to keep my readers up late at night to find out what is going to happen next.

So here are my top tips for creating these page-turning stories.

1.     MAKE YOUR READERS CARE

In order for readers to keep turning the pages and go on a story journey with your characters, readers must firstly CARE about them. Deeply.

They must worry for them. They must empathise with them. And the best way to achieve this is to show how your characters are FEELING and what they are THINKING.

These insights into the hearts and minds of your characters are all-important, if you want your readers to care.

2.     BE A MEANIE

Writing stories is the one time in your life when you get to be a big bad meanie.

In fact, if you want your readers to turn the pages, you HAVE to be MEAN. It is your DUTY as the boss of your story.

After all, stories are all about characters getting into trouble (and getting out of trouble). So YOU are responsible. It is up to you to create that trouble – big trouble – trouble that will make your readers fret and frown and twist their hands with worry.

So be MEAN to your characters and make their lives as DIFFICULT as possible.

3.     UP THE STAKES

As the boss of your story, it is important that you know what your characters want – to find a lost friend, to catch the bad guy, to discover the miracle cure etc.

It is also important that the CONSEQUENCES if your characters are unsuccessful are HUGE: DIRE, DISASTROUS, DEVASTATING.

So as well as being mean, you must make the STAKES HIGH. This will ensure a thrilling story, where your readers’ hearts will be pounding, and you will have them worrying all the more – and, yes, you guessed it, turning those pages quickly.

4.     SLOWLY DOES IT

This might sound contradictory. I don’t mean make your story slow; what I mean is that you should try to keep a few SECRETS and SURPRISES up your sleeve, a few unexpected TWISTS and TURNS that you REVEAL slowly throughout the story.

These unexpected twists and surprises slotted in at just the right moment, when your readers least expect them, will make them think, Uh-oh. I didn’t see that coming. I need to read the next chapter now!

5.     PUT THE TRUTH INTO YOUR LIE

Telling stories is very similar to telling lies. And the best way to tell a lie is to make sure it is as close as possible to the truth.

The same goes for stories.

If you want your readers to keep turning those pages, then you need to make your story CONVINCING. And the way to achieve that is to pepper in as much TRUTH – specific details, authentic emotions – as you can in order to make your story, no matter how fantastical, CREDIBLE and BELIEVABLE.

This is a sure way to hook your readers and to keep them reading.

Happy writing everyone!

Sue Whiting has written many books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA. Her latest book is The Book Of Chance, for middle-grade readers, out now through Walker Books Australia.

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Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher.

You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’d love more writing advice for kids, check out my Online Creative Writing Quest For Kids

60 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys

60 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys

60 more tried-and-tested books for 13_14-year-old boys | allisontait.comWelcome to the third post in my ‘tried and tested’ series of great books for boys aged 13 and 14.

You’ll find 21 tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys here.

And 15 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys (plus 13 expert choices) here.

These two posts are far and away the most searched on my entire blog (and, given I’ve been blogging more 10+ years, that’s saying something). It tells me that people are desperately looking for books that will keep their early teenage boys interested in reading.

So my lists offer books that have been read and recommended by boys this age.

This time, I’m including books that have been read and enjoyed by my youngest son, Book Boy Jr, and you can read his reviews of several of them at bookboy.com.au by following the relevant links.

Section two offers a wide range of suggestions from the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community members who have readers this age. I asked them to nominate the best book that their 13- or 14-year-old boy had read recently, and have also included a few that my older son Book Boy (now 16) enjoyed when he was 14.

The last section offers recommendations of very new releases from Pauline at Riverbend Books. Booksellers see everything and have a good idea of what will appeal to young readers.

Click each book title to find out more about the book, or to buy it from Booktopia* or Riverbend Books.

Of course, boys this age are all very different. Book Boy Jr swings from re-reading Treehouse and Wimpy Kid novels for comfort, to throwing himself into deeper and more interesting reads. Some boys this age have already skipped over YA novels and developed an abiding love for Stephen King (Book Boy was one of these). Some are immersed in graphic novels, others adore non-fiction.

But this list, and the other two linked above, offers a great starting point. Think about your reader and what he is interested in and follow those interests. Don’t worry about what he should be reading, and look at what he likes to read.

The reading is the thing.

Lastly, don’t overlook this list: 20 tried-and-test books for 13/14-year-old girls.

You might find just the right book for your 13/14-year-old boy there.

As Book Boy (then 14) wrote in his piece for Raising Readers: How to nurture a child’s love of books by Megan Daley, ‘I also read books that are ‘for girls’ or aimed at girls (or books with girl protagonists) because a good book is a good book, no matter who the target audience is.’

Offer them everything because you never, ever know what will hit the mark.

Books recommended by Book Boy Jr (13)

Holes by Louis Sacher. (Kid review here.)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. (Kid review here.)

Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Prequel to The Crossover)

Ghost (Track series) by Jason Reynolds (Kid review here)

JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston (and James Phelps) (Kid review here.)

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence. (Kid review here.)

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson

Book recommendations from the Your Kid’s Next Read community

Feels real/adventure

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

CHERUB (series) by Robert Muchamore (*nb: series content escalates)

Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner

Recon Team Angel (series) by Brian Falkner

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Wrong Train by Jeremy deQuidt (*nb: horror themes)

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Mike by Andrew Norris

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Science Fiction

Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle series) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hive (The Vault series) by A.J. Betts

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe series) by Neil Shusterman

The Secret Runners of New York by Mathew Reilly

The Lorien Legacies (series) by PIttacus Lore (James Frey, Jobie Hughes, Greg Boose)

How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. (Kid review here)

The Road To Winter (series) by Mark Winter

Renegades (series) by Marissa Meyer

The Enemy by Charlie Higson (nb: themes might feel too current for some readers)

Skyward (series) by Brandon Sanderson

Mortal Engines (series) by Philip Reeve

Non fiction

Adam Spencer’s Numberland by Adam Spencer

Amundsen’s Way: Race To The South Pole by Joanna Grochowicz

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Able by Dylan Alcott

Woo’s Wonderful World Of Maths by Eddie Woo

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through The Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Kid review here)

Songs Of A War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut (with Ben McKelvey)

Limelight by Solli Raphael

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

Fantasy

Ice Wolves (Elementals series) by Amie Kaufman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu

Section 13 (The Lost Property Office series) by James R. Hannibal

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle series) by Christopher Paolini

The Keys To The Kingdom (series) by Garth Nix

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Arkanae (Medoran Chronicles series) by Lynette Noni

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (series) by Christopher Healy

Book recommendations from Pauline at Riverbend Books, Brisbane

Red Day by Sandy Fussell

The Between by David Hofmeyr

Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw

Game On (Gamers #1) by George Ivanoff

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

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5 Things to Know About Writing Your Second Novel (and one bonus tip!)

5 Things to Know About Writing Your Second Novel (and one bonus tip!)

There’s a lot of talk on the internet at present about the bind that debut authors find themselves in, trying to launch their first book when the usual things like launch parties, author talks, writers’ festival and other literary fun are not available.

And it’s been lovely to watch the author community throw itself behind those debut authors, trying to boost their launches online.

But what if it’s your second novel?

Second novels bring their own set of challenges, right from the moment the author types ‘Chapter One’ and then watches the cursor blink and blink and blink.

And now there’s the challenge of getting the word out about your book; hoping that your established readers find it, hoping that it will find its way into the hands of reviewers and bloggers.

Because the reality is that the biggest marketing push you’ll ever receive from your publisher is likely to be around your debut novel. That’s the moment of discovery, of excitement, of ‘could this author be the next big thing?”

After that, it’s one word at a time, one reader at a time, building on the foundations that are set up around that novel.

One author who knows all about this is Lauren Chater, whose debut historical novel The Lace Weaver was published in March 2019 and went on to become a bestseller.

Then Lauren had to write a second one, and discovered, as she shares below, that Second Novel Syndrome is real.

These are her tips for writing your way through it, which Lauren did, producing a second beautiful historical novel called Gulliver’s Wife.

5 things to know about writing your second novel 

After publishing their first book, most authors experience a strange sense of loss. The excitement of the launch and all the accolades that go along with it can trick us into thinking that if things aren’t constantly happening, we aren’t making progress in our career. It can leave us feeling as if the world has moved on and left us behind.

More experienced authors will tell you that the antidote is to ‘write the next book’. This is sensible advice but following it can prove tricky – as I learnt when I set about working on my second novel, due for release on April 1st this year (but popping up in shops and online already!).

Here are my tips for surviving the dreaded second novel syndrome (and getting through to the other side with your sanity mostly intact).

Lower your expectations

Your first draft will be bad. It won’t matter that you have written and published a book before. It won’t matter that you’ve read widely or done workshops or undertaken mentorships.

When you start writing another book, all the skills you thought you’d mastered the first time around will mysteriously vanish and you’ll be left facing the same challenges which plague most writers: self-doubt, procrastination and the fear of rejection.

Only by overcoming these difficulties can you elevate your book to a publishable standard and one of the best ways to achieve this is to let go of the idea of perfection and allow yourself to write a really shitty draft (or two).

At the end of the day, the truth is that published or not, we are all novices of the craft but with each book we write, we will hopefully get faster and better at editing ourselves.

Read (everything)

I know some authors dislike reading books by other authors while they’re working on a novel but I find it reassuring.

While I was writing Gulliver’s Wife, I read both fiction and non-fiction. There are so many moments of self-doubt during the writing process that I found it incredibly comforting to know that other authors forged through the dark, difficult hours and reached the other side.

There’s also the added bonus of picking up tips on structure, voice and rhythm from some of the best in the business.

Trust your editor

This one is so important. Your editor is your best friend, whether you know it or not. They can tell you what’s working and what isn’t and like any best friend, they keep all your secrets (aka your bad prose) and never reveal those secrets to anybody else!

Because of the way publishing schedules work, you will probably have less time to polish your next book to the same level you did with your debut novel (assuming you have a contract).

On the plus side, the second time around you’ll have a working relationship with an editor who has years of experience under her belt. Listen to your editor, trust their advice. They know what they’re talking about.

Resist the hype

The first time you write a book, it’s as if you’re living inside a beautiful bubble.

Then your book gets published and suddenly, you’re painfully aware of so many things you never knew about – how sales are tracking in Neilsen Bookscan, the nervous energy/terror that comes from delivering a talk in front of dozens of people at a book festival, the importance of advance reviews.

All of these things come with their own challenges. But perhaps the most challenging thing to wrap your head around is the sudden weight of expectation – the perception that you, as an author, now have a readership and a publisher who are counting on you to deliver the goods – again.

Paradoxically, in order to write well, second-time authors need to forget that those pressures exist. You can’t create something brave and beautiful if you’re worrying too much about what others think.

My advice is to write what you’re passionate about. Remember why you wanted to tell this story and try to forget about external pressures. You’ll be glad you did!

Share with others

Now that you’re a seasoned professional (ha!) and have some experience with the editing process, you might want to consider sharing your work with a group of trusted readers or your writing group (if you have one).

When I first started writing, I found it hard to accept feedback about my work. Everything felt very raw and while I appreciated my friend’s feedback, there was always this voice of doubt sitting at the back of my mind, telling me I would never be able to produce anything better. Of course, I know now that voice is a liar.

Asking for feedback is not only a fantastic way of improving your work, it’s kind of liberating. What? I hear you ask. How can having someone scribble in red pen all over your lovingly crafted prose make you feel better and not worse?

Well, you’ll just have to trust me when I say that starting over – again and again and again – actually builds up your sense of confidence. Every time you kill one of those writing darlings that made you sound clever/insightful/talented, you show that doubting voice how much you are prepared to sacrifice for the good of the story and how confident you are in your ability to make more.

Asking for feedback from members of your writing group is a great way to shortcut this process. And let’s face it, nobody is going to be harsher on us than our editor anyway…

Bonus tip!

My final tip for pushing through the hard yards of Book 2.0 is to make sure you give back to the literary community.

One of the wonderful things to come out of publishing a book is how the process exposes you to artists, editors, writers and creators.

The industry is often kind to debut novelists (thank you!) and writing festivals, book launches and online media channels are all great ways to meet people who understand exactly what you’re going through.

When it comes to writing your second book, this community becomes even more vital. So make sure you’re giving as well as taking. Buy books by Australian authors, cheer on their success and send messages of support.

When it’s time to celebrate the publication of your second book, these people will be the ones cheering for you!

Lauren Chater’s latest novel, Gulliver’s Wife, is out now. It tells the story of Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, whose husband is lost at sea… and returns three years later, fevered and talking in riddles. Find out more about Lauren and her books here.

 

 

 

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