Monthly Archives: February 2012

Universal Plots: the unlikely hero on a quest

It’s hard to write a completely new story. Most stories are new versions of old stories. The characters might be a little different, the setting might change but the plot is similar to ones that have been written before. There’s … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: creating the central conflict

Have you ever started a story then given up because it seems weak and pointless? Have you ever written a story that seems to drag on forever yet goes nowhere? Perhaps this is because your story has no point of … Continue reading

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My stories in Cricket Magazine

If you are outside Australia and cannot borrow my books from your local library, you will find two of my stories in Cricket Magazine. ‘Sonnet Girl’ is published over two issues, February and March 2006. ‘Postcards from Hawaii’ appears in … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: have a character find something unusual in an unexpected place.

For example: Two seven-year-old boys discover a strange looking bottle in the school sandpit. When one of them wipes it on his shirt to clean it a genie appears in the middle of the schoolyard. (chapter book) When twin eggs … Continue reading

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