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Deborah Abela Shares Her Writing Tips

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deb08_1_300dpiDeb knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 7 years old.  Her first story was about a man made out of cheese.  It wasn’t very good.

She trained as a teacher, travelled overseas where she slept beside alligators, was harassed by monkeys, was almost traded for a camel and was thrown in jail at gunpoint, twice. Strangely, her first writing job was for a kids’ show on channel Ten called “Cheez TV”.

After 7 years of writing scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how to go to the toilet in outer space, Deb wrote her first novel - Max Remy Superspy Part 1: In Search of the Time and Space Machine.There are 10 books about Max and her best friend Linden who travel the world as secret agents fighting bad guys.

ABOUT NEW CITY

My ‘cranky’ novel, Grimsdon, was inspired by governments around the world not taking enough care of the planet…it focuses on a group of kids left behind in a flooded city with sea monsters, flying machines and sneaker waves.

The sequel, New City, takes the issue of a climate-changed world further by asking what happens when wild weather drives people from their homes? This time, there are ornithopters, ice tornados, rescue eagles and a brand new bad guy.

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After reading my novel Grimsdon, kids kept writing to me asking, ‘what happens next?’ and I’d write back saying, ‘Nothing, that’s the end of the book.’ But then I asked myself, I wonder what would happen if the story went further and the kids did have another adventure?

That’s how New City and most of my stories begin, with that simple question,. ‘I wonder what would happen if…’ so here are my top 5 tips:

  • Ask yourself ‘I wonder what would happen if….’
  • Write about things that excite you and maybe even make you cranky
  • Give yourself permission to write badly…it’s all practice for getting better
  • Write every day
  • Start now!

WHERE TO BUY NEW CITY

Here are a few places New City can be found:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/by/deborah%20abela

http://www.bookworld.com.au/books/new-city-deborah-abela/p/9781742758558?gclid=CJzjiYShqsACFUEsvQod_SEAmQ

http://www.booktopia.com.au/new-city-deborah-abela/prod9781742758558.html?source=pla&gclid=CMTTiJKhqsACFUEsvQod_SEAmQ

 

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New Writing Competition For Kids – 1 September to 31 October 2014

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WRITING COMPETITION tuti LOGOTHIS IS A FREE COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL WRITERS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

The theme of this competition is “Space”.

Your story must be about space or include space in some way. It could be about outer space or the space around you – it could be about the space between two people – it could be about anything to do with any kind of space.

Your story can be true (non-fiction) or made up (fiction)

* * * This competition is open for the months of  September and October 2014 only * * *

NEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

1.  Stories MUST NOT be longer than 500 words.

2.  Due to the number of entries we receive, unfortunately, we can only allow only ONE entry per person.

3.  Stories must be emailed to Dee*at*deescribe*dot*com*dot*au by 30 October, 2014.

4.  In the Subject line of your email, please include the name of the competition, your name, your story name and your age.

5.  This competition is for KIDS only. It is not open to adults.

6.  Entries must be stories not poems.

7.  Entries must be in English.

8.  Stories MUST be copied and pasted into the body of the email. They MUST NOT be sent as an attachment. Your entry should look like this:

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Ten winning entries will be published in an e-book anthology.  To view the e-book and winning entries from the last competition click here.

All competition participants will receive a certificate.

Happy writing and good luck:)

Dee

 

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