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Talking Talking

It’s Week 3 of my Creative Writing Course for Kids. This week we did dialogue. I think this is my favourite aspect of writing. Whereas I face daily struggles with how to describe stuff and how to give my readers a visual image of what’s going on, dialogue flows much more easily from my pen. […]

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Acorns and Trees

WARNING: written quickly – likely to contain mistakes and lamentable sentences Week Two of Creative Writing Course for Kids and I was unsure what to do. Last week I had failed to even get round to Where to Start and now it felt too late. Some of the kids have already started the stories they […]

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Where to Start

Creative Writing Course: Week One I’m running an after school creative writing course for kids for the next six weeks. I’ve just got back from the first one and I’ve decided to write up each one while its fresh in the mind. I don’t plan much, you see so this is a way of remembering […]

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Picture Blog

Hello, I’m rather busy at the moment writing books, working in telly… and this week I start an after school creative writing club. All of which means I don’t really have time to write a blog. So here is my picture blog instead, with some highlights of my year so far. Tweet

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Making Every Day World Book Day

These days, it seems that increasing numbers of schools only want to arrange author visits on or around World Book Day. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I would rather my school visits were spaced across the year. On the other, I do love the challenge of a solid block of bookings. […]

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Let Me Tell You A Story…

In previous blogs, I’ve written about how people talk about the importance of ‘finding your voice’ but my problem has always been that, for me, it feels like each book or series has a different voice. I’ve written in the first, second and third person. I’ve written in the present and past tenses. I’ve switched […]

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No True Echo

My book No True Echo came out in the US yesterday (published by Amulet Books), which means soon lots of people will be reading it. Some of these people will take time out of their busy schedules to write about it on their blogs or on websites such as Good Reads. These will vary from […]

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Steampunk Pirates in Neverland

A massive piratical ARGH! and THANKS! and maybe even an AVAST! to everyone who helped make this weekend so completely magical. As part of the premiere weekend of the brand new film, PAN (a Peter Pan prequel directed by Joe Wright and starring Hugh Jackman) The Steampunk Pirates were invited to perform in Leicester Square. […]

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