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Royce Bond Writing Tips

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Royce Bond head shotRoyce Bond, published his first book, Kitchen Science, with Ashton Scholastic after he won the prestigious National B.H.P. /C.S.I.R.O. Science Teacher’s Award. This book was used in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and in some schools in South America. Many books in the science field followed.

Since his retirement, he has changed his writing to young adult fantasy novels. The Princess and The Pirate, the first in the series The Knights of Katesch was published by Morris Publishing Australia in 2013.

Royce’s writing tips are based on his second book in the series, The Summoning of One.

ABOUT THE SUMMONING OF ONE

Andrew Weatherby, a bullied computer nerd from Central Queensland is ripped from his world to lead The Knights of Katesch in their direct attack on Maligor the Destroyer. In the midst of the battle in Mountain City, he rescues princess Katarin to find he has been betrothed to her since birth.

This feisty young lady risks her life to save Andrew. The Knights believe that have finally defeated Maligor after ten thousand years of conflict. In an attempt to escape the fanatic red guards seeking revenge for the death of their god, Agmar accidentally releases a monster army: the Kazdoom.

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Five writing tips based on writing “The Summoning of the One.”

1. Day dream the overall story outline before you start

When I get a seed of an idea on a new story I spend a lot of time day dreaming this story. I mainly focus on the overall outline. I write this down and over a few days to even a few weeks I keep imagining what happens overall in the story. During this time I often develop a mental image of what my main characters look like and what their personalities are like. This outline acts like a skeleton on which I hang the rest of the story.

2.  Use personal experiences as a basis for some of the scenes

I try to incorporate some of my own personal experiences into the story. This way I can pull on the emotions I felt at that time. For example in “The Summoning of the One” the main character Andy is attacked by a gang of bullies, who hold a knife, baseball bat and star picket. In my life I was attacked at school by bullies with hammers.

3.  Choosing the personality for the main characters

I visualise what my characters look like. Then I decide what sort of personality they will have, and how this personality will change throughout the book. The way I do this is I watch people. I mostly watch people I know and family members. This way I know how they react to various circumstances and stresses. I then take parts of a variety of people’s personalities and mix and match them until I have the traits I want for my characters. 

4.  Begin the story with a bang, (action, or mystery, or both) and end each chapter with a hook

Writing a book is much like fishing. No fisherman goes out without bait or a lure. The first sentence of your book is the hook in the reader’s brain.  I try to start my books with action or mystery. Then at the end of each chapter, I put in another hook that makes the reader to want to turn the page and keep going.

5.  Use instrumental music to switch your brain on to writing

Before I begin writing a book I need to find an instrumental piece of music that has the feel of my story line. For example I use the instrumental music from the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie as a key to creating the writing atmosphere I need to write my series “The Time Warriors.”

Inspiration for writing

I began daydreaming about fantasy adventures when I was 7 years old and started working on market gardens with my family. I didn’t start writing fantasy stories until I was in my mid-fifties, so I had many decades of daydreaming to fall back on for my stories.

Why did I change genres?

I changed from writing science for children and teacher resources to fantasy, because I felt I had stories in my mind that wanted to be told. I am firmly of the belief that stories control the writer and not the other way around. A story teller is someone who can’t help him/herself, he/she has to tell stories.

Our whole lives are bathed in stories and it is the story teller who can take these and create a coherent whole, so someone else can read them. If you are a story teller, you have to tell stories, whether it be as a book, or orally, you simply can’t help yourself.

I have always been a story teller. My writing of non-fiction was like an apprenticeship in writing. In was during those years that I learned my craft. Even though at that time I was making good money with my science books and I was travelling the country free of charge (paid by the publishers) I felt dissatisfied.

I eventually cancelled my contracts, because I didn’t want money to be the motivation for me to write; besides I loved being a teacher. There were other reasons as well.

I began to write fiction, with no hope or plans for publishing, I just loved the joy of writing, creating and sharing with my own children. I now had no deadline pressures, no editors to worry about; I could get lost in my own world and enjoy it.

I am now back to that position and I am loving it. I am free to write what I want, when I want and even to stop writing for a while, so I can get immersed in another interest. I am currently making bamboo flutes and the act of making these is inspiring me to write a fantasy story about an apprentice bamboo flute maker.

I have one book to finish, “The Hunter.” It’s a sequel to “The Knights of Katesch.” Once it is completed and my children have a copy I will begin “The Flute Maker.”

Royce Bond

WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL ORDERS:

Dennis Jones and Associates – http://dennisjones.com.au

James Bennett library suppliers

Peter Pal library suppliers

http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com

eBook available on Amazon, Smashwords and many online stores.

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How to Feel for the Right Words – You don’t Need to See Words to Be a Writer

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Maribel writing with JAWS

Today I’m very pleased to welcome Maribel Steel to Writing Classes For Kids.  Maribel is a writer and inspirational speaker living in Melbourne. She has been visually-impaired for most of her life and helps people to discover the ART of being blind.

Today, Maribel is sharing her tips on how to find inspiration by feeling for the right words. Maribel is also sharing two beautiful drawings from her mother’s  school books from Spain in the 1950s!

How to Feel for the Right Words

By Maribel Steel

 Writing is not only about seeing words but hearing them, even feeling them. As a writer who can’t see the computer screen, I can feel for the right words.

I like to play with the sound and feel of new words, collecting them like cool and shiny gemstones. When I am stuck for ideas, I take a look and rummage through the file to inspire a new story.

Hey wait – didn’t I just say I can’t see? Yes, I’m a visually-impaired person but I have a special ‘friend’ called JAWS. No, not that horrible shark eating monster you may have read about or seen on TV. JAWS is a robotic voice that lives within my computer. It’s software that enables me to scoot around the internet, read files, answer emails and write stories.

Feeling for Inspiration

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Marbel’s two children building a lego structure

If I get stuck thinking of where to begin a story, I close my eyes. I imagine the large blue tub of lego bricks my children used to play with and recall feeling interesting curves and edges of their creations.

My children had no plan what they were building, they only knew how to start fitting pieces together, brick by little brick. Pretty soon, they had a complete lego-sculpture.

It’s the same when it comes to writing. You can build your stories like building with lego. One thought sparks a new one to form on top of it.

5 ways to trick your feelings into writing

Here are five ‘tricks’ you can try when feeling around for those foundation words…

Trick 1                  Collect a file of words – your ‘bricks’.

You can gather up interesting words you come across and put them into a file or special journal.

These are words that spark an image for you of some sort: a facial expression, an unusual colour, a lively verb, an old-fashioned word. Any word that excites you enough to want to play with it later.

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Child writing at desk by Piluca Steel (1950 school book)

Trick 2                  The power of silent observation.

Look at one object very closely: your favourite pen, a pair of shoes, a mouldy mandarine. Observe the detail. Now write only one word to describe it. You keep writing only single words to describe its many facets until you have a string of single words. By the end of your observation, you have a collection of descriptive words you can use in your writing that were effortless to find.

Trick 3                  Listen up!

The sound of words fly around you everywhere you go: at home, on the TV, at school, in the street. Are you paying attention with writer’s-ears?  Be alert and catch those sneaky invisible words waiting to inspire your next setting or character.

Trick 4                  Play around in the first draft.

It is only by playing around with words without caring how they fit together in the first draft that will help you start writing your story. By building with your collection of words, other words rise to the surface to be put into place. You have to write a few paragraphs before you get into the real beginning of the story. Go ahead, play and have fun. The first draft is for your eyes only.

Book and Pen Drawing by Piluca Steel

Pen and ink by Piluca Steel (1950 school book)

Trick 5                  Relax and read.

If none of the above tricks are working for you, you might be trying too hard to be creative. Sit back and read the work of other writer’s. You will absorb words, techniques, characters, settings and other styles. As a writer, sometimes the simple trick can be doing no writing at all.

Do you have a writer’s trick you would like to share in the comments? We’d love to hear how you might feel for those words of inspiration too.

Feel free to ask JAWS your questions and Maribel will get back to you. You can find out more about her writing at:

www.maribelsteel.com

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