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Thanks, Lisa Nicol!

Thanks so much to Lisa Nicol for all the incredible material she put up  on the blog during the month of April. She really is a powerhouse of information and energy, and so much of what she had to say was useful to writers of all ages, not just younger people. So this...

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Random Useful Stuff – Lisa Nicol

Random Useful Stuff – Lisa Nicol

Hey all! I think my time is up. I have loved blogging on at the Clubhouse but I think it's someone else's turn. To finish up I thought I'd just leave a few random thoughts you might find useful. Random thought #1 People say if you want to be a writer, you need to read...

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Rooms at The Grandest Hotel on Earth – Lisa Nicol

Rooms at The Grandest Hotel on Earth – Lisa Nicol

How did you go imagining rooms? When I go on school visits, one of my favourite things to do is read the chapter on ROOMS from Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth. At this moment in the story, Vincent has arrived for a tour of the hotel. Before he begins working...

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Imagining The Grandest Hotel on Earth – Lisa Nicol

Imagining The Grandest Hotel on Earth – Lisa Nicol

Probably my most popular book is Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth. It is probably also my favourite. This is because I got to write it with my brilliant co-author and nine-year old godson, Finley Wright-Curnow. Unfortunately, Finley was very sick at the time....

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Words & Music II – Lisa Nicol

Words & Music II – Lisa Nicol

Since it’s Saturday afternoon, I thought we could try something different. Writers often use music to INSPIRE them - they listen to music to put them in a certain mood or to make them feel a certain way. Music can also fire up your imagination. So I thought we could...

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The Yellow Door – Lisa Nicol

The Yellow Door – Lisa Nicol

Knock knock! 'Who's there?' 'Is there anything for afternoon tea?' This conversation happens at around 3.30pm each day as my children arrive home from school & want to be fed. 'Sure' I yell through the door, 'there's apples, nuts, bread....' 'Yeah, but is there...

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Visual Storytelling – Lisa Nicol

Visual Storytelling – Lisa Nicol

A lot of people say my books are very cinematic; That they’d make great movies. Certainly when I’m writing, I see things very clearly in my head. That might be because I have a background making television and documentaries. When I make documentaries, I have to tell a...

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Character Profiles – Lisa Nicol

Character Profiles – Lisa Nicol

Hello Everyone. I’m back! Bet you missed me (insert laughing emoji). If you’re like me you’ve probably just been eating a lot of chocolate Easter eggs and not thinking about writing at all. And that’s alright. We have to live life to have something to write about! In...

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Motivations –  wants and fears – Lisa Nicol

Motivations – wants and fears – Lisa Nicol

Stories are nearly always about problems. Some stories are about very small problems. And some stories are about really big problems. My very first novel - Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter - was about a girl with a very big problem which you can probably...

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Creating the Unexpected – Lisa Nicol

Creating the Unexpected – Lisa Nicol

Red hot writing tip alert!! How do we feel when a story goes EXACTLY as we EXPECT it to?  How do we feel when a character behaves EXACTLY as we EXPECT them to? Exactly. We feel BORED. AND AS WRITERS BEING BORING IS SOMETHING WE WANT TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Now how do...

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Sounds Funny to me! – Lisa Nicol

Sounds Funny to me! – Lisa Nicol

I'm still obsessed with how things sound! My last post was all about music and writing and the things they have in common. Most importantly rhythm. The way our writing sounds can actually help us express what we are trying to say. A good example of that is humour....

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Words & Music – Lisa Nicol

Words & Music – Lisa Nicol

A lot of people ask me about the influence of music in my work. My last documentary film - Wide Open Sky was about a children's choir in far northwest NSW. My first middle-grade book, Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost her Laughter was about a musical doctor who cured...

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Hands up if you think you’re not creative! – Lisa Nicol

Hands up if you think you’re not creative! – Lisa Nicol

Hands up if you think you’re not creative! If you do you’re not alone. A lot of us think we’re not creative. I remember what it was like when I was in school. I remember sitting in an exam and having to write a piece of creative writing.  And suddenly my mind went...

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22 Things a Writer Doesn’t Need – Lisa Nicol

22 Things a Writer Doesn’t Need – Lisa Nicol

There’s a lot of writing advice out there. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. But it’s worth remembering, there’s a lot of things a writer doesn’t need…..like Neat handwriting The ability to predict the weather A snazzy pen A lot of money Smelly breath A photographic...

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