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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.
Setting your characters free
11th Mar

Setting your characters free

(with a thank you card to my editors) There ought to be a word for the strange emptiness that comes with sending corrected proofs back to your publisher. Excitement and relief, yes,…
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Read a book and change your life – a Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street post
3rd Mar

Read a book and change your life – a Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street post

Buy it now – Australian edition A lovely letter this week completely sums up all the best reasons for writing The Rainbow Street books, which are set in an animal shelter. “This…
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Apps and Editing
23rd Feb

Apps and Editing

I never thought I’d blog about an app, but the proofs for Dragonfly Song arrived last week –the idea of a break has now been postponed – so I’ve been proofreading and…
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Taking stock in a writing life
11th Feb

Taking stock in a writing life

The new book, Dragonfly Song, is now with the proofreader, and after spending the last eighteen months saying that I was on a tight deadline, I feel as if I’ve re-emerged into…
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And the winner is…
12th Dec

And the winner is…

And the winner is… Ginger Woods, who subscribes to my rather irregular newsletter. She chose Abandoned: A Lion Called Kiki – so here’s a picture of the little lioness who became Kiki…
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Holiday Giveaway! Choose your signed book
7th Dec

Holiday Giveaway! Choose your signed book

You may have noticed that the calendar and the year have spun around and it’s December already. For many of us this means that Christmas is approaching as well – and Hanukkah…
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Keeping First Draft Creating separate from Editing
25th Nov

Keeping First Draft Creating separate from Editing

Our friends at grammarly.com have sent a helpful list of things to watch for when editing – whether it’s your NaNoWriMo novel or anything else. However I’ve held back on sharing till…
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Champ’s Story of Survival – a Real Life ‘Rainbow Street Animal Shelter’ story
2nd Oct

Champ’s Story of Survival – a Real Life ‘Rainbow Street Animal Shelter’ story

Today, Harry the Rescue Dog is interviewing Champ for his Rainbow Street Animal Shelter blog post  with special thanks to Fiona Ingram for translating, and for including Champ’s poem as well! Tell us a…
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21st Sep

It’s impossible to overemphasise the importance of literacy, so I’m sharing this infographic from Grammarly  https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism-checker (More than just cute quotes on Facebook!) I did have one query, as I thought the infographic…
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The award Nim would be most proud of
1st Aug

The award Nim would be most proud of

The environment and children’s literature are two things I care about passionately, so I was absolutely thrilled last Tuesday night when, at a lovely event at the Melbourne’s Little Bookroom, Rescue on Nim’s…
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Lost and found lion friends
15th Jul

Lost and found lion friends

It’s happy book birthday for the new paperback editions of Wanted! A Guinea Pig called Henry, and Abandoned! A Lion Called Kiki. Harry the Rescue Dog is celebrating with an updated post…
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Asking questions to turn thoughts into story ideas
29th Mar

Asking questions to turn thoughts into story ideas

Eleven year old Maddison wants to be a writer and has asked where I get ideas from. That’s a great question because every story has to start with an idea! Ideas come…
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