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Sherryl Clark
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Are you a first-drafter or a revisioner?
People often talk about “what kind of
writer you are” – whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, for example, meaning
do you write whatever comes into your head or do you create a detailed outline
first. Or they might ask if you are a fowl or an owl. Do you w...
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Photos from the bush in December.
This echidna climbed all over our woodpile on the other side of the track, presumably looking for breakfast snacks. Yellow rush-lily - the tufted stamens are unusual and I only noticed them on the full-sized photo! An unw...
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If you are curious about what an echidna looks like, this will give you a good close-up look at one.
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Location, location, location - for writers
Recently, two writer friends and I went to the movies and saw "Love, Rosie" (when you have been doing 14 hour days and working really hard, it's amazing how much a fluffy movie can brighten you up). Of course, we all came out of the theatre picking apart th...
I write, I read, and I teach writing. My blog is about all three. If I review books, it's from the perspective of a writer. My comments on teaching writing are all my own, garnered from being in the classroom, at the potential seam of gold!
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New YA novels
YA fiction is 'hot' this year, with studies showing more than half of readers are not actually teenagers. There have been articles decrying adult readers as juvenile, and others defending YA fiction as 'telling great stories', ones that people obviously wan...
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It’s the words and sentences
Recently I went to a poetry workshop with Simon Armitage.
While he said a lot of useful things, the one that was still ringing in my ears
a few days later was this: “I might redraft a poem 12 or 15 times, and by the
final draft usually every word that was i...
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The brain and focusing on writing
Thanks to a blog called Brain Pickings , I often end up
reading books I would never have considered or thought useful. Today I ended up
buying a book called “Focus” by Daniel Goleman. Initially I read the article
(by Maria Popova, whose site it is) because ...
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If you have never seen an echidna up close, this will interest you.
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Creating my own Nanowrimo
How many of you did Nanowrimo this year? It seemed to me that fewer people I knew tried it, but maybe that's just in my part of the world. (For those of you who don't know what this is, you sign on - for free - to write 50,000 words during the month of Nove...
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An update from the bush.
 It's always interesting to discover something new. Even after ten years, I can still find plants I haven't noticed before (or perhaps a bird has brought in seeds?) It took me a while to identify this but it turns out to be a...
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Enjoy some spring flowers from the Australian bush.
The first thing that always flowers and provides bright points of yellow and red everywhere is the Creeping Bossiaea. This spring, thanks to Jo from Trust for Nature, I have discovered our small bird orchids. The one above ...
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The end of the revision
I am currently 3 days from the end of the most intense
fortnight of writing that I have had in a very long time. I’ve had a May GibbsFellowship this year, which has meant four weeks in a small, quiet apartment in
Brisbane, far away from work, telephone, coo...
I write, I read, and I teach writing. My blog is about all three. If I review books, it's from the perspective of a writer. My comments on teaching writing are all my own, garnered from being in the classroom, at the potential seam of gold!
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Occupation
Write, read, teach, critique, mentor other writers.
Employment
  • Victoria University
    Teacher, 1996 - present
  • Myself
    Writer, 1986 - present
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Female
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I'm a writing coach, focusing on mentoring and critiques. I write children's and YA fiction, poetry and adult mysteries. I also teach creative writing.
Bragging rights
Have 58 books published, love teaching and helping writers, love writing more!
Education
  • Hamline University
    MFAC, 2011 - present