66 Kylie Parry

23 Jan

When talking to school groups there are several questions they always ask me at the end, “Where do you get your ideas” and “How did you become a writer”.  Kids always ask the hard questions.  In truth I have become a writer through stubborness. I’m not one of those writers that would write without an audience, I like to write things that people read, and for that to happen I need to sell my work.  So to start with I wrote a lot of things that didn’t sell, and I listened to feedback when I could get it.  Then I found an educational publisher that needed fresh material every year and I sculpted my writing to fit their needs.  I’ve sold stories to them for several years now, which is fantastic but I’m greedy.  I want to sell books to kids commercially as well.  Although my main writing is in short form it’s almost impossible to get into the picture book market as a first attempt.  So I decided I’d have to write chapter books first.  At the moment I’m in the terrible process of trying to hook an agent.  I’ve had positive feedback, and done the re-write she asked for….watch this space…

The idea question is a little easier.  Writing ideas come by magic I think.  Sometimes real life moments provide a start, but the real alchemy is something I don’t really understand.  I don’t want to really, I’m just grateful the ideas still arrive.

So for me writing is a wonderful mix of magic and commerce.  It works for me.

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Creativity Guest Posts


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