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AUTHOR WRITING TIPS – Robert Favretto

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Robert FavettoToday I’m pleased to welcome author, Robert Favretto.  Robert has a fabulous new book out with Morris Publishing called On the Nose.

ABOUT ON THE NOSE

Justin Credible is a real live Pinocchio with a keen sense of smell. Trained as a super sleuth for the DNA (Department of Nasal Affairs), he is often called upon at the first sniff of trouble.

With a nose for those hard to crack smelly cases, it’s no surprise when Justin responds to an urgent call for help. Someone or something has dropped a stink bomb in the city of Aroma – and the stench is devastating! Gardens are wilting, birds are dropping out of the sky, and the residents are leaving in droves!

With sleuth-like determination, Justin follows his nose to solve the mystery of the phantom smell before it wipes Aroma off the map.

WHY ROBERT WROTE THIS BOOK

Disgusting smells have always held a fascination for kids. I thought I’d write about a comical, quirky character with a prominent nose and penchant for smells.

It doesn’t take long before Justin Credible’s gift is identified and fine-tuned to fight crime of a smelly nature. However, unlike talented kids who are sometimes singled out and teased for being exceptional, Justin isn’t resented at all.

At a time when bullying is becoming more and more frequent among children in schools and online, it’s great to see that his difference is embraced and celebrated, not shunned and ridiculed. So apart from On the Nose being a rollicking fun read, it also has a light-hearted message.

cover finishedROBERT’S WRITING TIPS

1) I’m always on the lookout for story ideas. I use all of my senses to observe what is around me. Sometimes I jot down my observations in my notebook. Then, when trying to come up with a writing idea, I pull out my notebook for inspiration. You can write about a whole range of things; like the mystery smell that features in On the Nose. Keeping a notebook will sharpen your powers of observation…and make you a better writer.

2) A good way to plan your writing is to complete a story map. I wrote a brief description about the characters, setting, problem and resolution I was going to use – to show how my story developed.

Remember to use your imagination, and ask yourself, “What if? …’

3) Once I finished with my rough draft, I read it out aloud and ask myself the following questions: How does it sound? Are there parts that could be more clear or interesting? Are there parts I’d like to shorten or make longer? This helps me to revise my writing to make it even better.

4) When I’m finished revising my draft, it’s time to proofread and edit it. Proof-reading and editing involve re-reading carefully and correcting any spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors that you find. Sometimes a writer finds it helpful to have someone else proof-read a piece of writing. Then, after discussing the piece, the writer will go back and edit it.

5) After I’ve finished revising my draft, I write up my final version. And then it’s ready to share!

On the Nose is published by Morris Publishing Australia, and is available by order from their website www.morrispublishingaustralia.com or any bookstore, including, Barnes and Noble and Booktopia. Wholesale distribution is by Dennis Jones & Associates www.dennisjones.com.au

WIN A COPY OF ROBERT’S NEW BOOK

Robert is visiting Writing Classes For Kids on his blog tour.

As part of the blog tour, we will give away a copy of ‘On The Nose’. To be in the draw, simply comment on the post and send an email of your comment to submissions@morrispublishingaustralia.com with the subject “On The Nose competition”. Competition closes midnight EDST 15th April 2014.

On The Nose (Morris Publishing Australia)

PB RRP $13.95

ISBN: 978-0-9875434-7-9

http://morrispublishingaustralia.com

Join us for reviews and more interesting facts about Robert and the book as you follow the tour.

April 1st www.kids-bookreview.com Review
April 2nd www.buzzwordsmagazine.com Interview
April 3rd http://writingclassesforkids.com. Writing tips for kids
April 4th elaineoustonauthor.com Interview
April 5th http://clancytucker.blogspot.com.au Interview
April 6th http://diannedibates.blogspot.com.au Review
April 7th www.melissawray.blogspot.com.au Review
April 8th http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com Interview

 

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AUTHOR WRITING TIPS – MARGARET PEARCE

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ObeliskTrap-WebToday’s author, Margaret Pearce is the writer of THE OBELISK TRAP, published by Kayelle Press, and the first in their series Awesome Aussie Tales.

ABOUT THE OBELISK TRAP

When mysteriously transported to The Place with No Name, Billie, Charlie and their uncle are in real trouble.

They have a deadly secret that must be kept at all costs. Billie is a girl, and girls will be destroyed. Yet there seems no way back home.

Easy enough for Billie to pretend to be a boy except she can’t seem to control her smart mouth and is sure to end up in strife one way or another.

They don’t know who they can trust and there are eyes and ears everywhere. They need to escape and fast.

MARGARET’S INSPIRATION

THE OBELISK TRAP was written as the result of a weird nightmare, which just proves that even nightmares can be useful. I wrote this because tomboys always seem to have good ideas on escaping unwanted situations.

margaret photoMARGARET’S WRITING TIPS

  1. Write what you think about first, and THEN think about grammar and spelling. It is always much easier to correct something written than sit in front of an empty screen/page because you can’t remember how to spell.
  2. Does it sound okay if you read it aloud? People who used to tell stories to crowds probably had rotten eggs thrown at them if they didn’t keep their story interesting. No one copes with being bored.
  3. Try to show not tell what your hero/heroine is feeling. Saying ‘I’m/ he/she is scared’ doesn’t give the same message as showing. Fear causes odd reactions. Sometimes you are frozen and unmoving. Sometimes hearts go thump, thump, thump as if they are going to stop. Sometimes hands go all clammy. Anyone remember really feeling VERY scared/nervous/excited?  If so use the symptoms in your next story.
  4. A story, whether long or short, has a beginning, middle and an end. Otherwise it is just an incident to put into a story. Every listener/reader wanted to know WHAT ended up happening and WHY and WHEN.
  5. Sometimes, if you decide the beginning isn’t going to grab attention you can start at the exciting bit and flash back to a fairly quick explanation of the beginning. No one in these modern times is interested in long rambling explanations. MOBY DICK by Herman Melville and written in 1851 is about an obsessive whale hunter Captain Ahab has the first five chapters describing a fishing village.  So how many of you have ploughed through MOBY DICK?

THE OBELISK TRAP is available from Kayelle Press.

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