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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.
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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Harry the Rescue Dog Talks Animal Shelters: Debra Duel and the Washington Animal Rescue League
11th Mar

Harry the Rescue Dog Talks Animal Shelters: Debra Duel and the Washington Animal Rescue League

Harry the Rescue Dog’s Rainbow Street Post: Although Harry might look as if he’s dozing after an exhausting ball play, he’s actually contemplating his first of a series of blog posts to…
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Happy Lunar New Year  – and a book excerpt.
19th Feb

Happy Lunar New Year – and a book excerpt.

As a little gift for the Year of the Goat, I’m posting the first chapter of Across the Dark Sea, which begins with the first day of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.…
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Thirty years in the making – where did Nim come from?
4th Feb

Thirty years in the making – where did Nim come from?

The wonderfully zany and multi-talented author Tristan Bancks said I had to write a blog post about my character or he’d never speak to me again. I mean, he invited me to…
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Holiday season story starters – using the stories, emotions and memories triggered by objects
16th Dec

Holiday season story starters – using the stories, emotions and memories triggered by objects

The holiday season can be joyous: all that family, expectation and tradition –  but it can also be difficult: all that family, expectation and tradition. Usually it’s both. If you’re a writer,…
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Lort Smith – Animal Shelter success stories.
1st Dec

Lort Smith – Animal Shelter success stories.

Nearly six years ago, as I was writing the second book in the Rainbow Street Animal Shelter Series, (which became the book Rainbow Street Pets in Australia) Harry came into our lives.…
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Dialogue with your Protagonist: Stop floundering and get down to the bones of your story
6th Nov

Dialogue with your Protagonist: Stop floundering and get down to the bones of your story

A lot of people are doing NaNoWriMo this month (for those who don’t know it, the aim is to write 50,000 words of a novel in November) so if anyone’s feeling a…
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Making the most of writing time: slow down, reflect and make notes: Or – how to write when you don’t have your computer!
15th Oct

Making the most of writing time: slow down, reflect and make notes: Or – how to write when you don’t have your computer!

One of the disadvantages of being a full time writer (apart from the details of never knowing whether or not you’ll have an income this year) is that it’s easy to slip…
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Setting Your Characters Free – From Book to Film and back again
30th Sep

Setting Your Characters Free – From Book to Film and back again

Bindi Irwin as Nim, from Return to Nim’s Island movie poster I know that tying in a film to a book sequel sounds like the writer’s equivalent of a first world problem, but…
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The comfort of bedtime stories
18th Aug

The comfort of bedtime stories

The saddest story I’ve ever heard about the importance of reading to your children came from someone who told me that the happiest times of her childhood were when her mother was…
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National Reading Hour – Would you like me to read you a story?
13th Aug

National Reading Hour – Would you like me to read you a story?

Australia’s National Reading Hour is fast approaching: 6 pm on Tuesday August 19: a time when we celebrate the act of reading with children. Reading is one of the most important things…
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