SpineOut : April 2011
ThoughTs, Tips and quoTes from wriTers To geT you Thinking proofread carefully to see if you any words out. ~author unknown i try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~elmore Leonard everywhere i go i’m asked if i think the university stifles writers. my opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. ~flannery o’Connor Be obscure clearly. ~e.B. white when something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. ~enrique Jardiel poncela write start Writing competitions! Student writing competition 2011 Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2011 – Closing date 10 May so be quick! Sydney Youth Writing Competition 2011 is there a rhyme to rhyming? click here for more info A never-ending source of great story ideas: your life. By Andy Griffiths A lot of people ask me where I get all the ideas for my books and stories from. Well, the truth is, ideas for stories are everywhere. You don’t have to make them up. They’re happening all the time. All you have to do is to be awake enough to catch them and then to write them down. I’ve made a whole career out of writing about ordinary everyday experiences, such as pretending you’re too sick to go to school, trying to find a toilet in a multi-level shopping centre when you’re busting, trying to peel off a band aid without it hurting, accidentally annoying your parents, accidentally on purpose annoying your parents, trying to embarrass your sister in front of her boyfriend, and finding yourself in a pram that’s hurtling down a hill at high speed, just to name a few. Sometimes I might change a detail here and there to make the story a little more exciting, but they’re all based on a true foundation. Listen to this description of a child’s birthday party that a friend sent to me recently: andy griffiths is a whiz at writing rhymes. although it looks simple to do, writing rhymes isn't as easy as it seems. here are some of andy griffiths’s poems. do you notice he always starts with an idea first? i’m glad my nose is so far from my toes Because then i can’t tell how bad my feet smell. Thank goodness for the buttons in the middle of our tummies! (if it weren’t for them we’d still be joined to our mummies.) mary had a little brain no bigger than a pea. when there were problems to be solved she’d say, ‘don’t ask me.’ There once was a man from montrose who had a wandering nose. it jumped off his face, Took off into space, and where it is now nobody knows. read on Kate Forsyth shares with you her journey to becoming a writer I go and talk to kids in schools all the time, and nearly always get asked the same two questions. The first is: ‘Why did you become a writer?’ I always answer, ‘I’ve always loved reading books and writing stories and making up imaginary games and travelling the world and having adventures, and now I get paid to do all those things. It’s the best job in the world!’ The second question is: ‘If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you be?’ ‘Very unhappy,’ I answer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I don’t remember a time when it wasn’t my most desperate wish. I think it’s because I’ve always loved to read so much. Opening a book is like opening a gateway into another world. You get to have all sorts of perilous adventures, encounter strange beasts and extraordinary people, explore caves and secret passageways and vast, untrodden forests and long-lost cities and ice-bound wildernesses, fly in spaceships, go deep below the sea in a submarine, gallop on unicorn-back, fight battles with laser guns, slip sideways into other worlds not quite like our own ... there is no limit to the places you can go and the people you can be. read on send us your rhymes Copyright © April 2011 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd Did you know that there are no words that rhyme with orange?