Jackie Hosking Networking Column 8Writing Tips from Writers

by Jackie Hosking

 

I love reading writing tips. When I visit an author's website I go straight to the kitchen, put the kettle on, make a hot drink of my choice, poise my mouse over the "writing tips" button and…CLICK…I'm in heaven.

When I began researching for this article I did some NETWORKING and received so many useful links for writers that I thought it might be helpful to sort them into categories. 

The categories are: Author Websites; Publisher Websites; Articles; Useful Websites. 

Author Websites -- in alphabetical order 

Bell, Anita 

The links on Anita's site help writers young and old.  

http://www.anitabell.com/studentnotes.htm   

And cool tips from other writers are currently in the newsletter archives at:

http://www.anitabell.com/newsletterindex.htm  

 

BONE, Ian 

Ian writes early childhood picture books through to young adult novels. 

http://www.ianbone.com.au/Writing.html 

 

CLARK, Margaret 

Margaret writes for ages four years to sixteen years. And she has recently written an adult fiction novel. 

http://www.margaretclark.com/newclark.htm 

 

CLARK, Sherryl 

Sherryl writes for children and young adults as well as writing poetry for children and adults. 

http://members.optusnet.com.au/sherrylc1/activities.htm

  

COLLINS, Paul 

Paul's the co-creator and contributing author to The Quentaris Chronicles, and author of The Jelindel Chronicles, among other books for children and young adults. 

http://www.metropolisink.com/pcollins/tips.htm 

 

EDWARDS, Hazel 

Hazel writes fiction for children and non-fiction for children and adults. 

http://www.hazeledwards.com/faqs.htm 

 

FRENCH, Jackie 

Jackie writes for kids and adults, fiction, history, gardening, all sorts. 

www.jackiefrench.com 

 

GARNSWORTHY, Penny

 

Penny writes mostly sci-fi and fantasy, for primary school aged children; and non-fiction educational articles for magazines. 

http://www.pennygarnsworthy.com/aboutwriting.html  

 

GERVAY, Susanne 

Susanne writes about issues that affect both children and adults. 

http://www.sgervay.com/writingtips.php  

 

HAMMONDS, Heather 

Heather writes fiction and non-fiction for children. 

http://www.heatherhammonds.com.au/forkids.html 

 

HARRIS, Christine 

Christine writes for children and also works as a freelance editor of both children's and adult books. 

http://www.christineharris.com.au/writing.html 

 

IRVINE, Ian 

Ian writes fantasy novels and eco-thrillers. 

http://www.ian-irvine.com/ 

 

MARWOOD, Lorraine 

Lorraine is an Australian poet, author and workshop provider. 

http://www.lorrainemarwood.com/about 

 

MAWTER, Jeni 

Jeni is the author of the hilarious 'So' series -- So Gross! So Feral! So Sick! So Festy! and So Grotty!  

 http://www.jenimawter.com/writertips.htm  

 

OPIE, Robyn 

Robyn Opie is the author of 55 books and offers many free articles for writers on her site. 

http://www.robynopie.com/freebies.html  

 

ORR, Wendy

Wendy has written many novels and stories for children, teens and adults. 

http://www.wendyorr.com/qanda.html  

Wendy has also started a blog where she shares some of her tips on writing stories and novels. 

www.writingforpublication.blogspot.com 

 

PULFORD, Elizabeth 

Elizabeth writes for children and adults. 

 http://www.elizabethpulford.co.nz/bits_about_writing.html  

 

Publisher Websites -- in alphabetical order

 

Allen & Unwin 

http://www.allenandunwin.com/writing/tips.asp 

 

Pearson Education 

www.pearsoned.com.au/schools/magazines/yawaTips.asp 

 

Penguin 

http://www.penguin.com.au/about/f_publish.htm 

 

Articles 

DC Green's bumpy journey to having his first children's book published.
There are lots of tips and a few bad jokes!
http://ezinearticles.com/?Publication-Road&id=54988
 

No Time to Write? By Sherryl Clark 

http://www.absolutewrite.com/freelance_writing /no_time.htm

 

Useful Websites

 

Children's Book Council of Australia 

http://www.cbc.org.au/publish.htm 

 

Create A Kid's Book 

http://www.alphalink.com.au/~vlowe/   

 

Nestle Write Around Australia 

http://www.nestle.com.au/writearound/write/tips.asp#anchor  

 

Victorian Writers' Centre -- Writing Tips and Advice 

http://www.writers-centre.org/infopage.cfm?menuID=2&SubMenuID=11&InfoPageID=0  

 

Yellow Moon poetry magazine web-site has articles and guidelines. 

www.yellowmoon.info    

 

Web English Teacher

www.webenglishteacher.com/creative.html

Writing-World.Com

www.writing-world.com

 

Wow! To get through all of these you're going to need a pretty hardy kettle. But you know what I'd do? I'd set aside a time, perhaps an hour in the morning, to investigate the sites one at a time. If you like what you see, stay awhile, if you don't -- move on.

Now it's a bit cheeky of me, I think, to write an article on writing tips and not include a few of my own. So here are my personal ones.

Jackie's Writing Tips (not be taken too seriously)

  1. Turn off the little bell that rings to let you know that -- YOU HAVE MAIL!
     
  2. Write down everything negative about your writing that you can think off -- I stink, who am I kidding, I couldn't write if you paid me or even if you didn't, the world doesn't need another writer -- you get the picture? Keep going until all your negativity is in front of you -- then print it out, find some matches, go outside (I highly recommend this step) and set fire to it.
     
  3. Now find your trusty kettle. Make a hot drink of your choice and click on one of the links above. 

Enjoy.

Your writing buddy

Jackie

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Jackie has been writing professionally for 7years. She writes mostly for children but does enjoy the odd flash fiction piece for adults. Jackie is the editor/compiler/publisher of the children's writing and illustrating industry newsletter, PASS IT ON (PIO). PIO was recently voted the best non-fiction e-zine for 2008 by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Jackie also offers a rhyming manuscript editing service. You can find out more about Jackie, PIO and writing in rhyme at her website - www.jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com

 

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