Five creative writing tips: By Tim Harris, Author of Toffle Towers: Order in the Court

Five creative writing tips: By Tim Harris, Author of Toffle Towers: Order in the Court

Tim Harris is a former primary school teacher of 15 years, his stories are filled with quirky scenarios, loveable characters and plenty of imagination. Tim’s ‘humour with heart’ writing style has seen his books receive multiple awards, including two KOALA Honour Books (2017 and 2019) and a CBCA Notable (2018). His books have been published in Australia and the USA, and have been translated into numerous languages.

Tim is also the creator of PRIMARY WRITERS, a YouTube channel dedicated to helping teach young learners the craft of writing.

An advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim’s presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia.

 

1. Give your main character/s a mission or goal. This will help drive the narrative – with a clear mission or goal, the characters will start to tell the story for you!

2. Jot down ideas as they come to you. Even if you don’t use an idea immediately, you can store it away and refer to it later on for fresh inspiration.

3. Let your characters talk to each other. Dialogue is a wonderful way to speed up a story and reveal important information to the reader.

4. Don’t forget the power of words. Simply by changing a word like ‘walk’ to ‘trudge’, you can tell the reader everything they need to know about a scene.

5. Edit. The best young writers I know are prepared to make changes to their work. Editing can make the difference between a good piece of work and a great piece of work.

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Synopsis

The adventures at Toffle Towers hotel continue as the manager - 10-year-old Chegwin Toffle - battles with blizzards, rioting guests and hostile takeover attempts!Join Chegwin Toffle for more fun and frolics as Toffle Towers gets snowed in. Amid the snowball fights, things start to go wrong when guests’ precious belongings go missing and Brontessa Braxton launches yet another assault to take over the hotel.Will Chegwin catch the culprit? Will he be able to beat Brontessa in court to save his beloved hotel and staff? And will he ever find the missing room 50 and the hotel’s mystery guest?
Tim Harris
About the author

Tim Harris

Author Tim Harris is a former advertising copywriter and creative director who became increasingly obsessed by sporting history after a pub argument about why football shirts tend to be striped and rugby shirts hooped. He is the author of Sport: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know.

Books by Tim Harris

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