From Hook To Book

Nov
26

I’ve discovered cloud gazing. Of course, I’ve always known clouds were there, but I can’t think how long it is since I took time out to watch their intricate swirls shape-shifting and sky surfing. It’s not only therapeutic but creative, and while I watched one cloud jigsaw merge and meld … Read More

Nov
24

I am thrilled to be staying at Varuna Writers’ House in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. For an entire week I’m devoting all my time to writing, reading, thinking and communing with fellow writers. No shopping to do, meals to cook, house to clean, appointments to attend, kids, hubby, family to cater … Read More

Nov
18

The classroom is changing big time as is the way of studying literature in schools. This week I was honoured to be invited to Brighton Grammar School to check out a research study by The Crowther Centre to compare the differences and possible benefits of working with digital text/e-books – … Read More

Nov
15

Lots of authors use index cards to map their plot, create scenes and work out structure or scene placement. Last week I used a similar exercise to track my novel’s progress using index cards, preparatory to restructuring the manuscript. First: I wrote up every scene/story break in my novel. I … Read More

Nov
03

I’m NOT doing the NaNoWrMo month, though I’m envious of all who are. My WIP is well along the way, so I thought I’d use the NaNo inspiration and discipline to track my progress on finishing my second draft – including adding the ending – and whipping it into a new … Read More

Oct
15

I’m like a kid going on summer holidays. Last uni classes for the year this week. And much as I’ve loved this semester and being a uni ‘kid’ – school’s out for summer. Yippee! Not that I’m planning to loll on the beach or cruise around the islands during my … Read More

Oct
04

My name is Christine Bell, and I am a notebook obsessive. Tidying up my office today, I came across a pile of brand new notebooks. All filled with pristine white pages waiting on inspiration. I can never resist a new notebook. I’d like to buy one everywhere I go, and … Read More

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