Twenty-five Writing Tips

by Rosie Boom

Forewarned
is forearmed. Set the cold steel of your blade against the throat of your
enemies – bad dialogue, weak antagonists, bland characters – to name a few.

A
practical session identifying some of the most common mistakes made by writers.
And for each potential mistake, a down-to-earth, simple remedy.

Make your writing tighter, lighter and brighter.

Thanks to Bob Mayer for some of
the ideas for this workshop.

1. Start!

  • A
    simple but obvious truth. Many

Homewood Stoves

Those of you who have read The Barn Chronicles will know how much we, the Boom family, love our beautiful cast iron cooking stove – a Heritage made by Homewood Stoves. Our Homewood kept us warm during the long cold winters we had in our uninsulated 100-year-old barn, and ensured we had delicious lamb roasts and casseroles for dinner when the power went off for days during storms… read more


Reading in a Tree Hut

Last week I received the sort of email any author loves to get! Olivia wrote to me, “Dear Rosie Boom it’s Olivia here! I just wanted to say that I am reading your Barn Chronicles again for the third time! I am on the third book, Where the Crickets Sing, and I love it so much! Also, I have been reading your… read more


Hello 2021!

Hello from New Zealand!

It’s been ages since I posted here, and I apologize for that! The book tour of March 2020 survived for just five short days and then had to be cancelled due to our country going into lockdown with COVID 19. In the last nine months, our family has had the joy of an engagement in India, three weddings, read more


ITINERARY for ROSE AND PENELOPE’S BOOK TOUR

WARKWORTH 11th March Wednesday @ 3.30pmWarkworth War Memorial Library,1 Baxter Street, Warkworth 0910PUKEKOHE 12th March Thursday 3pmPukekohe Reformed Church, 2 Victoria Street, Pukekohe

CAMBRIDGE 13th March Friday 1.30pm – 3pmCambridge Baptist Church, 58 Queen Street, Cambridge

HAMILTON 13th March Friday 6.30pm – 8 pmWest Hamilton Community Church, 27A Rifle Range Road, Dinsdale

TAURANGA 14th March Saturday afternoon 1 – 3pmPapamoa Baptist, 180 Dickson Rd, Papamoa.

ROTORUA read more


Colouring-In Competition

Calling all young artists! I’m running a colouring-in competition for Where the Jungle Calls. Winners in both age categories will receive a signed copy of the book. You’ll have to download and print the appropriate page, and then once it’s been coloured in, send it back to me via email: rosie@rosieboom.com.I’d like permission to post them on my website and Facebook…hopefully that’s okay.Don’t forget to clearly print your… read more


Review of Where the Jungle Calls

Reviewed by Kathryn Drinkwater, Editor of New Zealand Christian Writers

Where the Jungle Calls is a true-life story written for boys and girls who will quickly connect with and be enthralled by the adventures, dangers and mischief found within. It’s taken from three years of the author’s childhood and is written in the voice of Rose the child sharing experiences as they happen. For those who have experienced the… read more


Where the Jungle Calls Now Available!

After a very long process, Where the Jungle Calls has finally arrived in the country and is ready for marketing! It just so happened that the advance copy of my twin sister ‘s book The Adventures of Romy also arrived. It’s a twin thing!

So, if you’d like to purchase a copy of Where the Jungle Calls, please head to the online store


Update on Where the Jungle Calls

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Last week I vetted the final proofs of Where the Jungle Calls. It’s amazing how you can go over a manuscript with a fine tooth comb and completely miss the elephant in the room. (ie: the last three chapters void of illustrations! Thankfully, I had one last look at 11pm one night and suddenly spotted the elephant! Or in this case, the absence of drawings!) Frustrating, but I guess that’s read more


To the Printers!

Rosie Boom Where the Jungle Calls A5 Flyer

I’m very excited because yesterday, after four years of work, I sent the finished manuscript of Where the Jungle Calls to the printer! All going well, the books should be in New Zealand by early December. 🙂 So, if you’re looking for ideas for Christmas presents, keep this in mind and check my website for updates on the progress.

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