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Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

August 28, 2014

The number of words I aim for depends on what I’m working on. The only time I really have a daily goal is during the Chapter Book Challenge. I use a website called 750words.com and aim to write a chapter a day of at least 750 each day. This way, …

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How much research do you do?

August 21, 2014

The amount of research I do depends on the story I’m writing. For most flash fiction pieces, I do minimal research, however for my fractured fairy tales in Teapot Tales, I did read a lot of fairy tales. For Swallow Me, NOW! I did quite a bit of research about bullying, even …

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What were you like at school?

August 14, 2014

I was pretty quiet at school and a bit of a book nerd. When you consider I read Gone with the Wind in class during Year 7, that might be a bit of a clue. I went to seven primary schools in two different countries, and one high school. Moving around …

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Have you ever hated something you wrote?

August 7, 2014

At the time, yes, I have. There have been some stories that I thought were great at the time, and now not so much. I recently found a file that had a number of stories I had written years ago. Some of them I had hated at the time, but …

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Do you write an outline before every book you write?

July 31, 2014

Before I sit down to write a book, I like to have an idea of where the story is going to go, however I don’t have a detailed outline of the story. I have tried to write detailed plans, however they don’t work very well for me. On the other …

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Do you ever experience writer's block?

July 24, 2014

This is easy – yes, I do experience writer’s block. Often when I experience writer’s block, there are other factors at play, such as being unwell, overwhelmed by life, have sick kids, or there are other things happening that mean I struggle to focus on my writing. To overcome writer’s …

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover