Children’s author, Sheryl Gwyther, is visiting my blog today as a part of her Princess Clown blog tour.
Sheryl’s been very busy on this blog tour, so I asked if there was any way that we could take the pressure off – and do some of the work for her.
Here is how YOU can help. You may just win an awsome prize while you’re at it.
Over to you, Sheryl…
Writing Princess Clown – how Belle jumped onto the page.
Most times when I start to write a story, the first thing that pops out of my head is a vague plot idea, and usually tagging along beside it is the main character.
With Princess Clown, I tried something different. It started as a challenge – to write a chapter book using two words that clashed. Hence clown and princess.
The story flowed between character and plot very quickly after that – Belle is a princess who wants more than anything to be a clown – but one major problem stands in her way. She is the heir to the throne and a princess can never be a clown, can she?
Princess Clown is available from Blake Publishing. It might even be in your library already.
I’m writing my next story as you read this blog. It’s called Fangus Fearbottom.
Fangus Fearbottom started with two words chosen randomly– banana and fang. I could have written a story about a banana with fangs, but that didn’t get my imagination jumping. Then I thought of something with fangs that ate bananas. Gorilla? Snake? Tiger? Monkey? They all have fangs, but they didn’t get my imagination jumping either.
Then I thought of vampire. That’s when a young vampire called Fangus Fearbottom jumped into my head and demanded to be in my story. He was my story.
I’m having lots of fun writing Fangus’ story – it keeps making me laugh.
- a copy of Princess Clown, and
- the chance to share your name with one of the characters in Fangus Fearbottom. (Yes, one of the characters in Fangus Fearbottom will be named after YOU! First names only, of course.)
Here’s what you have to do…
1. Read the Blurb: “Fangus Fearbottom, a 9 (going-on-120) year-old vampire has many problems in his life. His younger sister is as annoying as a mozzie in a dark room; his grannie keeps hiding her false-fangs under his bed and his mother and father are terrified someone will find out about his awful secret – that Fangus prefers eating bananas to drinking blood. Will Fangus’ secret be discovered? What happens next?”
2. Complete the Task: Think of as many funny, adventurous, silly (no slipping on banana skins, please!), scary, sad, interesting things that could possibly happen to Fangus Fearbottom because of his secret love of bananas. You don’t have to write the story – just come up with some creative things that Fangus Fearbottom could do… and list them briefly.
3. Submit your ideas: By posting a comment to this blog. Don’t forget to include your first name – and complete the email contact box when posting your comment. (You can enter as many times as you like.) Competition closes: 8pmAEST, Thurday, 15 July.
4. Check back: On Friday, 16 July – the day of Princess Clown’s book launch – to see if you have won! The winner will be announced here and on Sheryl’s blog (http://sherylgwyther4kids.wordpress.com).
Blog Tour Dates:
06 July 2010
Dee White – http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com
07 July 2010
Alphabet Soup magazine – http://soupblog.wordpress.com
08 July 2010
Robyn Opie – http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com
09 July 2010
Catriona Hoy – http://catrionahoy.blogspot.com
10 July 2010
Kat Apel – https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com
11 July 2010
Sheryl Gwyther – http://sherylgwyther4kids.wordpress.com
12 July 2010
Sandy Fussell – http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com/
13 July 2010
Sally Murphy – http://www.sallymurphy.blogspot.com
14 July 2010
Claire Saxby – http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com
15 July 2010
Mabel Kaplan – http://belka37.blogspot.com