What I’ve Read – February 2022

March 1, 2022

Welcome to March! This year is flying by. While there haven’t been any lockdowns, the world seems to be going crazy with war and floods… books have been a great way for me to get a little bit of an escape from it all. I have been able to read …

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Making Progress on a new story

February 22, 2022

The other day, I posted that I was getting back to using to work on a new story. The thing I didn’t mention was that when I first got into writing chapter books, my kids were 8 and 10, and they would get up in the morning and ask …

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Getting back to 750 Words

February 19, 2022

Many years ago, I discovered the site This was an invaluable resource to writing the first draft of my chapter books. The idea behind this site is simple – you write a minimum of 750 words each day. I would break down my chapter books so that each chapter …

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What do you love?

February 16, 2022

I’ve been following Julie Hedlund since 2012 when I joined her 12×12 in 2012 program. While my writing focus has been more on chapter books rather than picture books, I participate in her 12 Days of Christmas program and enjoy her insights into the writing life. Yesterday, she sent out …

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How to Create a Dragon

February 15, 2022

This morning, I had my Virtual Writers Group for homeschoolers. There are two regular participants in this group, each with their own way of writing a story. One of them takes the prompt, writes something quickly, then disengages for the rest of the session. This week, I decided to mix …

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Back to Writers Group

February 11, 2022

Yesterday, I travelled to Melbourne for Young Writers group at the Mt Waverley library for the first time in ages! It was fantastic to drive down the highway and arrive at the library. We had a small group and the kids were happy to be there at a face-to-face session. …

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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
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