Thanks to Lyndal at Delia Writes for inviting me on the IC Blog Tour. I have been following “Delia Writes” for some time now and her exciting journey to self-publication. “Delia’s Perfectly Pink Earmuffs” has now been published and printed and is a gorgeous children’s picture book.
The IC Blog’s focus is ‘A great way to elevate meaningful conversation and connections!’ For more information about Insightful Communications Publishing click here.
Below is a set of questions I have answered, that I hope will assist in the writing journey.
Here are the questions:
1. What are your tips for creating meaningful content?
I have a little notebook that I write down quotes, ideas, things that I read or hear on the news or in a movie or things that my friends/family say that might fit into one of my stories one day.
A few years ago I participated in Katherine Battersby’s How to Write a Children’s Book and I also participated in Blogging 101 where I learnt new skills about blogging and writing. Every year I attend the CYA conference in Brisbane to listen to authors tell their story of what/how they write and their journey to publication and as well as meeting lots of lovely authors, I always pick up lots of tips and new ideas.
2. Books: Everyone has a story, some a book. If you’ve written a book, what was your creative process? What encouragement would you give others just beginning their book writing journey?
After I’d written a couple of children’s picture book manuscripts I sent them to an editor for a manuscript appraisal and she was very helpful, informing me about the structure of a picture book and what she liked/disliked about my stories. She said, “You’ve got some really good ideas, you just don’t know how to write.” I was horrified at first but these were my first attempts so I worked hard to improve them.
I then started entering stories in writing competitions – the feedback is invaluable and after a few years it was great to achieve a first place, second place and third place – built up confidence and encouraged me to keep on going. I also submitted stories to anthologies and magazines. There’s always somebody looking for flash fiction, poems, short stories and there are loads of writing competitions out there too.
I try to attend writing courses, book launches and author talks whenever I can. I have found that a lot of these are free through my local libraries. Following other writers’ blogs is another way to learn new things and stay in touch with what’s going on in the world of writing and publishing.
I’m also a member of Creative Kids’ Tales and they have competitions, tips for writing and highlight emerging authors and illustrators.
Lastly, every year I submit one or two stories into the ASA Mentorship Program Award, hoping to be allocated a mentor to help me get my story up to a publishable standard.
3. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t give up – keep on writing. Even if nobody else ever reads it, it’s still fun and creative and I know my kids love my stories anyway!!
4. What are you working on now, and how can we, as a community, help?
I am still working on my junior fiction chapter book that I started 3 years ago and I’m also having a go at writing a YA novel (started it last November during NaNoWriMo) and hope to finish it this November.
I’ve been thinking about applying for a grant so I can do a paid mentorship program so if anyone has any tips about applying for a grant I’d love to hear about them.
Thanks for reading. If you’d like to join the tour and inform people about your writing please do and link back here.
Have a great weekend.