A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Tag Archives: writing for children

Writing For Different Age Groups . . .

One of the things I enjoy most about school visits is when I’ve finished talking and the students get to ask questions. You never know quite what you’re going to … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Essential books for writers by Isabel Thomas

Is there an essential book for writers? Google Books suggests 3,090,000 options. Hive narrows it to 190, most with essential in the title. When I’m writing non-fiction, my list of … Continue reading

August 15, 2014

HOW I WRITE by Zoë Marriott

Hello, lovely Author Allsorts readers! Today, a post on How I Write; the mechanics of the thing, like whether I use a notepad and pencil or type onto my computer, … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

How do you write/illustrate, and why?

I couldn’t resist volunteering for this post because it means I get to show you some of my collection of notebooks. Also, I think the creative process, and how we … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 13 Comments

In a parallel universe, I’m a weather girl

This week the Allsorts are asking what we’d be doing if we weren’t writing for a living. My neighbour’s grandson has just self-published the first novel in a trilogy. He’s … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Do Our Characters Need to be Role Models?

Should children’s book characters be role models? My mother certainly thought so. When I was seven, one of my favourite books was about a teacher who scammed a group of … Continue reading

October 21, 2013

Do you decide who the characters are before you begin writing?

There’s an easy answer to this question for me… yes, always!  Ah! Hang on a minute, there are times when… Okay, let’s start again.  Mostly, yes.  You see, for me, … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · 5 Comments

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