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9 November 2007 ·

that lovely shiny new story feeling

I’ve got that lovely about-to-start-a-new-story feeling today. The story and characters have been mulling around for ages – part of it for years – and I can feel now that as soon as I’m confident that I’ve got the characters’ names right, I can start writing. Probably not today, but with a bit of luck their names will be well enough settled that I can start next week; today I can keep the story in that beautiful shining glow that surrounds a new project before the concrete words have started pinning it into place.

I’ve got a couple of other projects going on too, but they concern other people as well so I’ll wait a bit longer to talk about them. I’ll just say I’ve got some fingers crossed…

And this afternoon I’m going back to Rye Primary School to visit the kids in the library enhancement group who’ve been running the What if Everyone in Rye read the Same book (Nim’s Island) project. I’ve heard that it’s going well, but I’ll be very interested to hear exactly what they’ve been doing.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio