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What happens when you’re stuck? – Jacqueline Harvey

What happens when you’re stuck? – Jacqueline Harvey

Hello Westworders, I have to admit that the past few days I've felt stuck. As if I was knee deep in a bog and no matter how hard I tried, no matter how much I struggled, I just couldn't move forward. You see I'm 20,000 words into writing the 8th book in the Kensy and...

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Meet Jacqueline Harvey

Meet Jacqueline Harvey

Hello Westworders, I am super excited to be joining you this month on the blog and as you may have read in James's introduction, I will be writing from Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand (when I head over next Tuesday). My husband was there last week and...

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Being an Author – Tim Harris

Being an Author – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that we were saying hello to each other. I thought I would leave you with a few thoughts on what I love about being an author. Meeting new people While I miss the...

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Working with an Illustrator – Tim Harris

Working with an Illustrator – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, If you’re like me, you love poring over illustrations in books. My kids adore looking at the colourful illustrations in picture books, while I enjoy checking out the black and white images in chapter books. Illustrations add so much to a text. They...

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What is Rewriting? – Tim Harris

What is Rewriting? – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, Has your teacher ever asked you to rewrite your work? I remember my primary school teachers occasionally asked me to rewrite stories. It felt pretty horrible, like I’d been stabbed in the guts with a pencil. Nobody wants to have their work criticised...

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Being Disciplined Writers  – Tim Harris

Being Disciplined Writers – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, At times, writing seems like a glamorous job. There might be book signings, public events, promotional tours, posters etc. But the reality is, writing requires a certain level of discipline. Much of a writer’s time is spent working on their...

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Writing Spaces  – Tim Harris

Writing Spaces – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, Where do you like to write? I like to write in my office. I have author friends who can write in hotels, cafes, beaches, parks, planes – anywhere really! But I find it hard to write when I’m on the run, so I like to set up my own little ‘happy place’...

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Punchy Paragraphs  – Tim Harris

Punchy Paragraphs – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, Today I’d like to share a technique that writers use to help keep things moving quickly during a tense or action-packed scene. It’s the idea of punchy or short paragraphs. Firstly, there is no rule when it comes to the length of paragraphs. The role of...

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Five Ways to Create Humour  – Tim Harris

Five Ways to Create Humour – Tim Harris

Five Ways to Create Humour Hi WestWorders, Do you like to laugh? If you just nodded – and well done for nodding at a screen – you are not alone. Most people love to laugh! With this in mind, it’s no wonder that funny books (especially for kids!) are popular all over...

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Writing Awesome Dialogue  – Tim Harris

Writing Awesome Dialogue – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, Would you like to knock your teacher’s socks off? (Not literally, as it might become a bit smelly in the classroom.) Fear not! Writing awesome dialogue is a great way to impress your teacher – socks and all. The first trick is to have your characters...

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Five Books I Love  – Tim Harris

Five Books I Love – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, What have you been reading lately? As a writer, I love reading the books of other authors. I find it inspiring to see how fellow writers shape their ideas; how they use language to tell stories; and how they develop characters and interesting plots....

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Verbs – Unsung Heroes  – Tim Harris

Verbs – Unsung Heroes – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, I believe verbs should wear capes. These simple ‘doing words’ can be a writer’s best friend. Verbs are supercharged words that can take your writing to the next level. I just love them! “Slow down, Tim. Why the strong love for verbs? Are you going to …...

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The Power of Setting  – Tim Harris

The Power of Setting – Tim Harris

Hi WestWorders, One of my favourite books is The Loner by Ester Wier. There is a terrifying scene where the main character, David, stumbles into an abandoned mine and falls down a mineshaft. Thankfully, David lands on a plank of wood and it stops him from tumbling...

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