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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.
Dragonfly Song Giveaway:  Books & Skype Talks
29th Jul

Dragonfly Song Giveaway: Books & Skype Talks

Kersey Creek’s photo from OneSchoolOne Book Have I ever said how much I love Skype talks? I think the biggest percentage I do are with schools in the USA that are studying…
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Dealing with Writers’ Block – Part 1: Letting go of the previous story
13th Jul

Dealing with Writers’ Block – Part 1: Letting go of the previous story

I’ve never really believed in writers’ block – but I do think there are a lot of different reasons why we might have trouble writing at any one time. And right now…
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Dragonflies: myths, meanings and mysteries
1st Jul

Dragonflies: myths, meanings and mysteries

Dragonfly photo sent by my cousin when she heard the title Happy birth day to my newest baby: Dragonfly Song. You’ve been a long time coming. The dragonfly theme in the book…
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Book Launch! And Blog Tour.
22nd Jun

Book Launch! And Blog Tour.

It’s finally here – Dragonfly Song will be in stores across Australia next Monday.  (The wait might not have seemed as long to you, but it’s been on my computer for a…
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When Hollywood Comes Knocking – Part 3: Green Light!
17th Jun

When Hollywood Comes Knocking – Part 3: Green Light!

So your film’s been optioned, it’s spent years in development and now the script has been approved, the cast and crew are pretty well set… and finally you get that call. I…
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When Hollywood Comes Knocking: Part 2 – Development Hell
10th Jun

When Hollywood Comes Knocking: Part 2 – Development Hell

Continuing from last week’s post: now you, your agent, your publisher and your film lawyer are all happy – you’ve signed that option agreement and have a nice little chunk of money,…
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When Hollywood comes knocking: Part 1
3rd Jun

When Hollywood comes knocking: Part 1

It may sound like a dream come true – but don’t quit the day job     So, someone is asking for the film rights to your novel. But what happens next?…
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Touching history
24th May

Touching history

I’ve just spent a day with the archaeologist Sabine Beckmann in Gournia, Crete. I’ve found and held sherds of pottery that are more than 4000 years old, held a stone tool that…
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Anzac Day Excerpt from The House at Evelyn’s Pond – Remembering War
24th Apr

Anzac Day Excerpt from The House at Evelyn’s Pond – Remembering War

In honour of Anzac Day, and how the tragedies of war shape all our histories, entangling our stories for generations, here’s an edited excerpt from The House at Evelyn’s Pond: a scene…
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Should you make the leap and become a full time writer?
19th Apr

Should you make the leap and become a full time writer?

The messy side of a writing life The biggest question I’ve been asked at talks to emerging writers lately has been about making the leap the from part-time writer to full time, seriously committed,…
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Writing about Animals (and living with them!) : Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Blog
12th Apr

Writing about Animals (and living with them!) : Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Blog

Emma Homes & Wendy Orr, Little Bookroom I met Emma Homes last year at the awards night for the Environment Award for Children’s Literature. She is the author of three ebooks for children…
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So many facts, so little time: researching a new book
1st Apr

So many facts, so little time: researching a new book

Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish research from ‘bright shiny object’ distraction. When you’re planning a new book that needs solid research for its background, every new thread seems so exciting that it’s…
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