Penny Harrison’s questions and writing tips

Podcast interview with Penny Harrison.

Children’s author and journalist, Penny Harrison joins us to discuss her books and some awesome writing tips, while Ken shows us what to do while you’re waiting to hear back from your manuscript submission and we announce Character of the Week!

Today’s Tip Top Topic

Author, Mitch Frost joins us for this week’s Tip Top Topic – Do you talk to your characters? Contribute to the topic on our Facebook Page

Resources mentioned in this episode

Penny Harrison: To learn more about this wonderful author or to view her books, click here to see Penny’s Website.

Mitch Frost: To find out more about Mitch and his awesome work, check out his website here. And, to see our review of The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters under the Bed, click here

The Gruffalo: Check out the Gruffalo’s official website here

Tip Top Topic: Do you talk to your characters? Join us here.

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KEN’S REJECTION TIP OF THE DAY

Hey, what do you call a fashion designer who rejects everything? Calvin Deklein

A note from Ken: REJECTION IS A PART OF WRITING

Hey fellow writers (you poor gluttons for punishment),

You might be wondering why I have a podcast segment all about rejection. Well, someone once said to me, “Talk about what you know.”

Rejection and I go way back. I’ve failed at just about everything I’ve ever done (at least in some way). But I’m still here, even smiling. Sometimes I laugh. Yes, failure and rejection are a part of the writing business. I once got a rejection letter from an origami company. I’m still not sure what to make of it. I joke, of course, but rejection is no laughing matter.

Rejection is an important component in our writing journey. It helps us to regroup, refocus and re-evaluate. It opens new paths, finds the right track and helps gain resilience. It teaches patience, helps us grow and ensures success tastes so much sweeter. In fact, some of the best authors the world over are also the most rejected. So, with that in mind, I’m here to help you stack up those rejections.

One thing you’ll need to think about before we go on is a coping mechanism. I drink. But, you’ll need to find what works for you. Seriously, as much as it hurts, and it does, if writing is in your blood, you’ll be back at the keyboard in no time, ready to rewrite, refine, reassess and go again. But first, let’s get you rejected.

To help you along, each week I’ll offer up a rejection tip or two to get you through. Listen in, give it what little attention you have and if you don’t think it helps I won’t be offended. Hey, look who you’re talking to.

Good luck.

Ken

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