Writing 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
The categories are: Author Websites; Publisher Websites; Articles; Useful
Author Websites -- in alphabetical
The links on Anita's site help writers young and old.
And cool tips from other writers are currently in the newsletter archives
Ian writes early childhood picture books through to young adult
Margaret writes for ages four years to sixteen years. And she has recently
written an adult fiction novel.
Sherryl writes for children and young adults as well as writing poetry for
children and adults.
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.
Hazel writes fiction for children and non-fiction for children and
Jackie writes for kids and adults, fiction, history, gardening, all
Penny writes mostly sci-fi and fantasy, for primary school aged children; and
non-fiction educational articles for magazines.
Susanne writes about issues that affect both children and
Heather writes fiction and non-fiction for children.
Christine writes for children and also works as a freelance editor of both
children's and adult books.
Ian writes fantasy novels and eco-thrillers.
Lorraine is an Australian poet, author and workshop provider.
Jeni is the author of the hilarious 'So' series -- So Gross! So Feral! So Sick!
So Festy! and So Grotty!
Robyn Opie is the author of 55 books and offers many free articles for writers on
Wendy has written many novels and stories for children, teens and
Wendy has also started a blog where she shares some of her tips on writing
stories and novels.
Elizabeth writes for children and adults.
Publisher Websites -- in alphabetical
Allen & Unwin
DC Green's bumpy journey to having his first children's book published.
There are lots of tips and a few bad jokes!
No Time to Write? By Sherryl Clark
Children's Book Council of Australia
Create A Kid's Book
Nestle Write Around Australia
Victorian Writers' Centre -- Writing Tips and Advice
Yellow Moon poetry magazine web-site has articles and
Web English Teacher
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)
- Turn off the little bell that rings to let you know that -- YOU HAVE
- 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.
- Now find your trusty kettle. Make a hot drink of your choice and click on one
of the links above.
Your writing buddy
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 -