Writing Process Blog Hop

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, July 06, 2014

I’ve been tagged by Sandy Fussell to answer 4 questions about my writing in the Writing Process Blog Hop.

Sandy Fussell is a children’s author who studied mathematics at university, works as a computer programmer and is keenly interested in history. Her books include “Polar boy”, “Jaguar warrior” as well as the hugely popular "Samurai kids" series.

Check out Sandy’s website and her blog. "Samurai kids" also has its own site where you can take the ‘Which Samurai kid are you?‘ quiz.

Thanks for tagging me Sandy!

My Writing Process Bog Hop Q & A:

1. What am I working on?

I’ve just finished writing the sequel to “Racing the Moon” – it’s called “Flying through Clouds” and continues Joe Riley’s adventures and journey through adolescence in Sydney in the 1930s. I’m also working on a full-length play, which is very challenging because up to now I’ve only written short plays.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

“Racing the Moon”and the sequel are fast-past historical novels written for young adults. It took me a while to develop Joe’s distinctive voice which I think young people will relate to. Joe is an optimist who always sees light at the end of the tunnel and races headlong towards it. By having Joe tell the story, I hope readers will be able to experience Joe’s world from a young person’s perspective.

3. Why do I write what I write?

The inspiration for writing “Racing the Moon” came from stories my uncle told me about growing up in the Depression. I’m fascinated by the period between the wars in Australia as it was such a significant period in our history. I enjoy writing for young adults – it gives me the chance to be playful and experimental, looking at life through the eyes of an adolescent.

I write plays because I love drama and theatre, and the opportunity to collaborate with directors and actors and see my plays come to life.

4. How does my writing process work?

I develop my ideas by reading and doing a lot of research. I visit museums, libraries and art galleries, looking for artefacts and photographs to inspire me to bring the period that I’m writing about to life. I also like to visit the places I’m writing about, even though they may have changed over the years.

I think about and develop my main characters even before I start writing. I also think about potential conflicts and dramatic incidents that will develop the characters and the story, and help build tension and suspense.

When I start writing, I use a writing pad and pen, getting into a state of ‘flow’, writing quickly and not agonising over anything. I try and build character and story, weaving in more historical details with each edit. I tend to write a few chapters at a time then type them up on the computer before printing them out. I’ll edit chapters many times until I’m happy with them. If I feel that the story isn’t developing enough, I’ll plot the next few chapters, but generally I let the characters tell their story.


Time to tag some more writers … here are some of my favourite children’s / YA writers. Keep an eye on their blogs where they’ll be answering the 4 Writing Process questions sometime soon.


Kate Gordon lives in Launceston, Tasmania, and has written four novels for young adults. Her latest novel, “Writing Clementine” has just been published by Allen & Unwin. Prior to becoming an author, Kate worked as a Librarian (as both Sharon and I did!)

Check out Kate’s website and also her blog where you can find out more about Kate, her engaging books and her writing process.


Sophie Masson was educated in both Australia and France, and has had more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children. Her books have been shortlisted for many awards, with “The Hunt for Ned Kelly” winning the Patricia Wrightson Prize for children's fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2011). Her latest YA novel, “The Crystal Heart”, has just been published.

Check out Sophie’s website and also her blog where you can find out more about Sophie, her wonderful books and her writing process.


Sharon McGuinness has worked as a Librarian and Teacher Librarian. I met Sharon many years ago when we both worked at Parramatta City Library. Her first picture book, “Coming home”, was published by Wombat Books in 2012, and she has also self-published an eBook called “Try!”.

Check out Sharon’s website and her blog where you can find out more about Sharon, her inspiring books and her writing process.


» Share this post

Recent Posts


byron writers festival Historical Novel Society teen fiction Tamworth Country Music Festival Good Reading nowra library eBook Quirindi Library southern highland news book tour books canberra bookshops scbwi dymocks all the buzz about books CBCA book of the year awards jackie french alexander mccall smith sydney mechanics school of arts library deep sky Books + Publishing Anniversary Day just write for kids allen & unwin bay of fires decimal currency refugees tanika gupta holidays mother's day Grafton Library southern cross jamberoo public school YA fiction hans christian andersen romy sharp writers' festivals children's book council of australia NSW branch luke johnson author talks children's / YA literature martin luther king, jr copyediting Magpies michelle morgan sharon mcguinness book cover design bill condon playwriting festival captain tobias furneaux writing workshops readhowyouwant smsa library society of children's book writers and illustrators festival of golden words chloe mauger kindle Broadbeach Library amazon kindle coming-of-age fiction atyp big book day out Spotlight On griffin press national simultaneous storytime gorman arts centre children's book council of australia illawarra south coast songs ANZAC Day WritingNSW spark award older readers 2017 ubud writers & readers festival berkelouw book barn literary lunch deb robins indigenous literacy day racing the moon smashwords Port Macquarie Library frankfurt book fair hnsa read3r'zrevu nsw writers' centre children's book council of australia national conference reconciliation historical fiction sally odgers elizabeth gilbert berkelouw books bookstop[ goodreads giveaway arielle gamble griffin theatre spark award 2017 seven mile beach giveaway authors theatre QBD combined book exhibit festivals barnes&noble lovereading4kids book trailer shoalhaven libraries literary events bookloons historical novel society australasia Lismore Library tasmania scbwi australia act writers centre Muswellbrook Library Taree Library heart of australia Bookshop Bowral kate gordon indie publishing awards bologna children's book fair 12 curly questions international children's book day 2014 buzz words book fairs clancy tucker elaine ousten highlife magazine 14 february 1966 southern highlands writers' festival Woollahra Library mETAphor ulladulla library playwrights retreat ubud, bali Bowral Art Gallery interviews lyn linning sophie masson australian reading hour Dymocks Brisbane middle grade fiction Mitchell Library Dymock's Canberra iTunes refugee week sandy fussell book depository school visits bushwalking reviews Sydney Harbour Bridge tom keneally centre sydney australian literature ann harth Paperchain Manuka self-publishing booktopia Reader's Companion Armidale Newcastle writers' festival barbara braxton gerringong historical society museum State Library of NSW amazon believing 19 March 1932 valentine's day blog tour Reading Time lachlan philpott kobo australian standing orders kids' book review ainslie + gorman arts centre bradman museum fishpond sir charles kingsford smith sydney opera house narrabundah college Waterstones writing process blog hop too late for love Abbey's Bookshop better read than dead nook mabo day children's book council of australia goodreads libraries Tamworth City Library CBCA Children's Book Week Gordon Library australian federation of graduate women telopea park school author videos goodbye frankie bookworld Moss Vale Campus Library potts point bookshop eBook mall indigenous literacy foundation ReadPlus book launch NAIDOC week illustrators playwriting teachers' notes good reading magazine MacLean's Booksellers Australia Day autumn revel festival of dangerous ideas di bates skylight books flying through clouds fran knight jump for jordan paperback St Paul's Primary School