Kids Being Creative

Last weekend I was honoured and inspired to present the young writer’s awards at the 2019 Daylesford Words in Winter Festival.

The event took place inside a blanket fort, the brainchild of one of the young writers I was lucky to meet.

There were so many things I loved about this event. So much colour and so many amazing primary school aged creators.

Prep to Year 2 winners

The stories I read were evocative and powerful, sometimes funny, always imaginative.

I was moved not only by the creative vibe I found in Daylesford, but also the love of story and story creation.

Grade 3-4 winners

There were hundreds of entries in the competition and every prize winner and contestant at the event was accompanied by at least one proud and supportive adult. I was born into a household where writing wasn’t considered to be a ‘real job’ so it was heartwarming to see the family and community support for these young writers.

Grade 5-6 winners

Many of the writers had also been encouraged to enter the competition by a supportive teacher or librarian.

I was so lucky to be invited to be part of this event, and it reinforced to me how much we can do to encourage kids to write, and to love writing as much as I do.



Like so many other writers, I’m deeply immersed in writing my NaNoWriMo novel.

I’m moving forward and trying not to edit as I go, but there are something prompts I use to help me along if I think a scene is lagging. They are also things that help me in the revision process. I hope you find them useful too:)


  1. What physical obstacles have you placed in your character’s way? Do you need more?
  2. Does setting contribute to the conflict in the scene? How can you make better use of setting? How has it made things worse for your character in this scene?
  3. What happened/is going to happen in this scene to make things worse for your character?
  4. Is their reaction authentic/strong enough?
  5. What decisions will your character have to make now because of what happened in the scene?
  6. Why will this scene make your reader keep reading?
  7. How can you build the tension to encourage the reader to keep reading?
  8. Does this scene reveal what you want it to about your character?
  9. Why does your story need this scene?
  10. How can you make this scene stronger?

Hope you find this useful. Good luck with your NaNoWriMo projects and whatever writing you’re working on.

Happy writing:)



I thought I’d also let you know about the free writing competition on my other blog, Writing Classes For Kids & Adults.
I run writing competitions there every month and the November competition closes soon.

There are great prizes to win. This month’s competition involved submitting the FIRST PAGE of your story.
To find out more, check out the competition page at