School Program Story by Danielle Freeland
At Ipswich’s Old Courthouse today, Richard Newsome met with Bethany Lutheran 6A and Ipswich Junior Grammar 6A and 6B classes.
The group held their breath as he showed us a photo of himself at the age 10. He then explained that this was the age he first developed his love of writing. It all started when his teacher gave him a notebook and said he wanted him to fill it with a story. He said he still prefers to write on paper because he likes the way the graphite pencil feels sliding across the page.
We were lucky enough to find out a couple of his trade secrets. He told us he never rubs anything out, but prefers to cross out what he doesn’t want or stick on a post-it-note. Sometimes, he goes back to those crossed out sections and uses them later.
He also told us about how he writes a novel. First, he fills a notebook. Then, when it’s full, he types it up. The job’s still not done, however, he reviews it page by page before giving it to an editor. When he’s happy with it, he hands it to an editor who makes even more changes. He said of the 1798 pages he’s written only two haven’t had any editorial marks on them.
Richard also let us in on another secret. He said if you follow these three steps it will solve all your NAPLAN story writing problems. He said to have a great story every time you need to make sure your characters do these three simple things:
He also talked about ideas and said they can come from anywhere – so look out for them.
Richard Newsome has written many books since his first debut - The Billionaire’s Curse which are being read around the world.
His favourite colour is Green.
His favourite food is Cheese.
You can find out more interesting facts like these on his blog at http://www.richardnewsome.com/
Blogging Team 2017