Author Journal · Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
Writing – It’s not all in the mind
10th Dec

Writing – It’s not all in the mind

Write every day, the writing gurus say. Just like an athlete in training, you must practise, practise, practise, to improve your craft. Discipline is key. Discipline, yes. Practice, yes. Every day? Let’s…
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When Dreams Fly Free
27th Jun

When Dreams Fly Free

How long does it take to write a book? For my new book, Swallow’s Dance, somewhere between two and 4000 years. In 1625 BCE, a volcano on the island of Santorini erupted.…
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June and July:  Swallow’s Dance and Myths and Writing- June 30, July 2 and July 4
20th Jun

June and July: Swallow’s Dance and Myths and Writing- June 30, July 2 and July 4

Saturday June 30, 3 pm Swallow’s Dance launch, Sun Theatre, Yarraville: free tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/YoungerSunBookshop/events/?ref=page_internal   Monday July 2, 10:30 am Swallow’s Dance launch, Farrells Bookshop Mornington, https://www.farrells.com.au/wendy-orr-monday-2-july/   Wednesday July 4,…
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Dragonfly Song News: Awards, North American Release, and Blog Tour
3rd Nov

Dragonfly Song News: Awards, North American Release, and Blog Tour

Since the last update, Dragonfly Song was awarded the CBCA Honour Book for Younger Readers, 2017. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award for Children’s Literature, and in the USA,…
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NaNoWriMo is here
3rd Nov

NaNoWriMo is here

NaNoWriMo is nearly here! Are you ready for that big push to write 50,000 words of first draft in a month? Since I’ve got a second-draft deadline for the starting date here’s…
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How to survive Literary Awards
11th Apr

How to survive Literary Awards

‘How do you feel about Dragonfly Song being on the CBCA 2017 Short List?’ an interviewer asked. ‘Are you just, ‘Oh, ho hum, shortlisted again?’ She was quite shocked when I said…
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Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do
7th Nov

Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do

I always love hearing from readers, but some requests are more unusual than others. I received this letter from Germany on Friday. They also enclosed copies of verses they’ve received from Doris…
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Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do
7th Nov

Rhinoceros poems and strange things writers do

I always love hearing from readers, but some requests are more unusual than others. I received this letter from Germany on Friday. They also enclosed copies of verses they’ve received from Doris…
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My Top 5 First Draft Tips
21st Oct

My Top 5 First Draft Tips

With NaNoWriMo creeping steadily closer, I thought I’d give my top 5 tips on pushing through your first draft.  Sometimes I need to remind myself of my own rules, so even if…
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Blending traditions – pumpkin pie for AFL grand final
7th Oct

Blending traditions – pumpkin pie for AFL grand final

Part of being a migrant is developing your own rituals, blended from your country of origin and your new home. That holds true even for privileged migrants like me – privileged in…
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Difficult to judge; delightful to read: the Environment Award for Children’s Literature
8th Sep

Difficult to judge; delightful to read: the Environment Award for Children’s Literature

I was thrilled to have Rescue on Nim’s Island win the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, fiction, and the Puggles award in 2015, so I was honoured to be one of the…
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The gift of bonded pair rescue cats – Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog
28th Aug

The gift of bonded pair rescue cats – Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog

Harry the Rescue Dog hasn’t posted in his Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog for a while, so in penance, we’re sharing a cat story today. Australian edition Have you heard of bonded…
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