MY WRITING SELF-IMPROVEMENT COURSE
Recently – Friday night at 1.30am to be exact – I decided it was time to kick it up a writing gear. So I looked around for a course and good advice. The courses were very expensive and my budget shook its head sadly. My friends and colleagues all said the same thing. There is no quick solution. You have to write more. You have to read more.
Here is my text book list. All these books were recent prize winners in the YA and Children’s arena so I figure they all contain something I need to know:
- The Ghost’s Child – Sonya Harnett. Winner of the 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers Book of the Year
- Dragon Moon – Carole Wilkinson. Winner of the 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia Younger Readers Book of the Year
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman. Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal. A friend is lending it to me tomorrow so this will be my first lesson
- On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta. Winner of the 2009 Michael L Printz Award . I’m looking forward to this as I recently read Finnikin of the Rock and loved it. I heard Melina speak at the Lady Cutler Award dinner and she signed my book for me! And the book itself was a gift from special friends.
- The Knife of Letting Go: Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness. Winner of the 2008 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize This is a Walker Book and I’m a Walker Books author so I think this has to be excellent!
- Here Lies Arthur – Philip Reeve – Winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal
- Snake and Lizard – Joy Cowley – Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Post Junior fiction (It’s on my desk!)
- Salt – Maurice Gee Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Post Young Adult Fiction (I’ve already read this one! Brownie points! Read my review here
More suggestions are welcome!