Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast +Review

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast +Review

I received two early Christmas presents! The Kid Lit Industry applauded Book 4 of my Song Bird series, Great Barrier Reef Rescue with two incredible recognitions.

Chatabout Children podcast interviewed me regarding my Song Bird superhero series featuring Great Barrier Reef Rescue and Rainforest Rescue.

Ragamuffin Books awarded me a *5 STAR review on Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Children’s Author Sonia Bestulic

Author Sonia Bestulic, speech pathologist interviewed me on her Chatabout Children podcast.

She congratulated me on Sir David Attenborough’s letter of support for Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

#5 Tips on Raising Eco Superheros

  • Why I (Karen Tyrrell) write about the environment.
    • How can children save the environment.
  • What’s happening with the bees at the moment.
    • How to spend time in nature using your five senses.
    • What children can do the take care of trees and the seas.

Quote Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast

‘Children love immersing in environmental activities. It’s a natural, FUN thing kids love doing. Eco activities develop children’s community spirit, their eco-awareness, and self-reliance. They can do something that makes a difference.’ … Karen Tyrrell author

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast TUNE IN

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue


Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Review

Author and school teacher, Sarah Rasmussen of Ragamuffin Books reviewed Great Barrier Reef Rescue, giving it a spectacular review.

Quote Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Review

Super fun, action, page turner, twisty turns, Read & Laugh out loud.

Features Rosie, awesome hero and role model. PLUS brilliant villain, Destructo.

Suits huge age range …incredibly important message about the reef.

Endorsed by Sir David Attenborough!’

David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

 Read the FULL Review HERE

 Your Christmas Gift HERE

Order Great Barrier Reef Rescue: You’ll receive a FREE Reef show bag with your signed book. HERE

Merry Christmas to you … And a Happy Healthy 2020.

From Karen & Steve xx

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Karen Tyrrell Author Events 2020 YouTube

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

In 2019, Karen Tyrrell Author Events celebrated a bumper year with author talks, writing workshops, pantomimes and book launches.  Plus Steve and I presented a SPECIAL author talk in the USA.

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Verdi Public School, USA

As an acclaimed author and Gifted & Talented teacher, I visited over 40 schools, 5 libraries and 3 festivals with Steve Tyrrell author.

Check out #2 Funny authors, lots of clever children and writers galore!

* Watch Karen Tyrrell Author Events 2019 video HERE  

**Starring schools, children, teachers, writers and supporters  HERE

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

TOP Highlights for 2019

  • In May, we launched Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue at Brisbane Square Library, part of Sunday in Conversation series.
  • We toured Central Queensland, performing on the Capricon stage, … and at libraries and schools.
  • Song Bird Rainforest Rescue was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Children’s Book of the Year. This award opened amazing opportunities for my ECO author talks and writing workshops.

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Karen Tyrrell Author events 2020

For 2020, Steve and I are planning an incredible year. Already, we have booked six full-days at schools as a double act. Writing festivals are considering us as presenters too. Fingers crossed xx

Thrilled to announce Karen Tyrrell’s Author Events for 2020…

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds … Book Week Author Talk

Join Karen Tyrrell on a storytelling journey to meet curious creatures and wild minds.

Book characters include Song Bird Superhero and Super Bee from Song Bird The Battle of Bug World, Rainforest Man and Dreamtime characters from Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue, KT koala from Ready Set Discover Logan, Fuzzy the dog from Bailey Beats the Blah.

Karen challenges children to use wild minds to create their own curious creatures. Author talk includes costumes, props, power point show, dramatic book readings & how to create a simple narrative.

Song Bird Series ECO Talk

Karen dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve playing Destructo, Super Bee, Tree Man or Reef Man present an interactive eco author talk. They take the audience on a journey through the Song Bird series discussing how to care for bees, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

Bully Prevention Talk

Karen, bully prevention author, and school teacher, shares strategies for bully prevention, highlighting coping skills. Her book STOP the Bully is supported by Kids Helpline, Kids Matter and is available as an audiobook.

Self-Care, Coping skills and Resilience Talk

Karen, award-winning mental health advocate and child empowerment author presents an interactive power point talk sharing self-care, resilience and bully prevention coping strategies to promote optimum wellness and happiness.

Superhero Writing Workshop

Karen, dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve as Super Bee or Tree Man, present an interactive writing workshop, boosting creativity and writing skills. Children write a superhero story with SUPER characters, SUPER villains and SUPER powers.

Includes power point show, student planning sheet, costumes, and props.

Adventure Story Writing Workshop

Meet Karen Tyrrell, adventure author of Song Bird Superhero series and Super Space Kid Series. Children learn to write an exciting adventure story starring an adventure hero who solves challenges, issues and problems.

Includes power point show, planning sheet, props, costumes, props.

Create a Hero Character

Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime – Friendship skills

Karen dressed as Bailey and Steve as fuzzy the dog, bring to life picture book Bailey Beats the Blah as an interactive pantomime. Children learn how to make and keep friends

Harry Helps Grandpa Pantomime – Memory skills & Grandparents

Karen dressed as Harry and Steve as Grandpa, bring to life picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as an interactive pantomime.

Children learn memory boosting skills, value of communication, family relationships and farm animals.

** Schools receive extra value in our author talks #2 Performers for the price of #1

BOOK Author talks and workshops HERE

  • Create a picture book
  • Create your first chapter
  •  Structure your novel

 DM message me through my contact page HERE

 Book through one of our three booking agents …

Speakers Ink, Creative Speakers Net, Green Leaf Press.

 What was your favourite event?

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Winners STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

Winners STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway.

I’m announcing Winners STOP the Bully audiobook. Empowers children and families through humour and coping skills.

Children embrace my pro-active bully prevention strategies, addressing the bullying epidemic from multiple perspectives.

STOP the Bully audiobook

What’s STOP the Bully about?

‘Eleven-year-old Brian is hiding something.

His life is falling apart.

Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school.

And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day.

Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?’ ….  Karen Tyrrell Author

STOP the Bully audiobook

STOP the Bully Reviews

‘STOP the Bully offers readers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school. It teaches children their best defense against bullying is confidence, positive friendships and speaking up when they find themselves in situations where they feel threatened or scared.’       

– Kids Book Review

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who supports STOP the Bully?

STOP the Bully is listed in the 2019 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Kids Matter, Kids Helpline, teachers and school counselors support STOP the Bully.

STOP the Bully raises BIG issues. Like bullying, family break-ups, poverty, self-esteem, coping skills, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Who wants to listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook intro on YouTube. HERE

Where’s STOP the Bully Audiobook available?

Google Play, Storytel,  … plus MORE coming soon.

STOP the Bully audiobook

 WINNERS Stop the Bully audiobook

Drum roll… Congratulations to:

Print Book: Vanessa Pallant.

Audiobooks: Norah Colvin, Jeanie Bread, Alfred Bellanti.

I will contact you soon to arrange delivery of your book.

 Please LIKE, share, comment below to WIN!

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STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

STOP the Bully audiobookSTOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

STOP the Bully audiobook is now available to empower children and families world-wide. … through humour.

I’m thrilled that STOP the Bully, a humorous story will help children to stop the bully and live strong.

Children, families & schools can embrace my pro-active bully prevention strategies, addressing the bullying epidemic from multiple perspectives.

STOP the Bully audiobook

What’s STOP the Bully about?

‘Eleven-year-old Brian is hiding something.

His life is falling apart.

Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school.

And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day.

Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?’ …. by Karen Tyrrell Author

STOP the Bully audiobook

STOP the Bully Reviews

‘STOP the Bully offers readers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school, teaching children their best defense against bullying is confidence, positive friendships and speaking up when they find themselves in situations where they feel threatened or scared.’       

– Kids Book Review

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who supports STOP the Bully?

STOP the Bully is listed in NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2019.

Teachers, school counselors, Kids Matter and Kids Helpline support STOP the Bully.

STOP the Bully raises BIG issues: bullying, family break-ups, poverty, self-esteem, coping skills, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Who narrates STOP the Bully audio?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Sammy Gunner narrator

Sammy Gunner is a professional voice artist from the Gold Coast. She possesses an incredible child-like voice perfect for narrating children’s audio books.

Sammy and her family are long-time supporters of my books.

Contact: Instagram @sammygunnerartist and at Soundcloud

Who wants to listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Go to STOP the Bully Audio book on YouTube. HERE


Where’s STOP the Bully Audiobook available?

Google Play, Storytel,  … plus MORE coming soon.

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who wants to win a FREE audio Book?

I’m giving away #3 FREE STOP the Bully audio books plus #1 FREE print copy.

Please leave a comment BELOW on WHY you want to win.

Four people with the BEST answers wins a copy.

Winners announced Friday 22nd November

 Please LIKE, share, comment below to WIN!

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Publishing Tips StoryArts Brisbane

Publishing Tips StoryArts Brisbane

As an author and committee member, I celebrated the ultimate event in my writer’s year.

Last weekend, Book Links launched the very first StoryArts Brisbane.

A two-day action-packed writing retreat for writers and illustrators of children’s books.

Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

Anna Byrd, Jacqui Halpin, June Perkins

I shared this AMAZING weekend with my writing buddies and colleagues.

We participated in ground-breaking masterclasses, pitching sessions, inspiring panels and feedback sessions.

Jacqui Halpin, Artelle Lenthall, Karen Tyrrell (moi), Tyrion Perkins, Anna Byrd.

I scribbled down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

What are the Highlights?

Congratulations to Debbie Kahl, winner of the Book Links mentorship.  Editor and judge Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright will mentor her.

Debbie Kahl & Robyn Sheahan-Bright

Book Links hosted the IBBY AGM where Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac gave an address, Books Without Borders.  Afterwards we drank champagne.

Jenny Stubbs, Frane Lessac, Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Mark Greenwood

Editor, Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright led two brilliant panels, asking probing questions to elicit new information.

Five publishers revealed their most candid publishing tips on a panel.

Sarah Davies, Rochelle Manners, Rowena Beresford, Sussanah Chambers, Marissa Pintado

TOP Publishing Tips

  1. Publishers want to fall in love with your character’s voice from the very first line.
  2. Surprise and delight publishers with clever writing. Write the unexpected.
  3. Touch readers hearts, tickle their funny bone or Both.
  4. Follow market trends, then create a new exciting trend.

Creators shared tips on how to write and illustrate the best stories for children on a panel.

Creators: Heath McKenzie, Sarah Davis, Lisa Shanahan

Author Mark Greenwood, history hunter, presented a talk on how to discover and research intriguing historical mysteries.

Author Lisa Shanahan presented the AMAZING ‘Fierce, Funny, True: The Art of Writing for Children.’ Her masterclass was breathtakingly inspiring and practical.

Today, I began an upscaled writing practice.

Lisa Shanahan – Brilliant Tutor

TOP Writing Tips

  1. Enhance your Four Doors to writing excellence: story, character, language and setting.
  2. Create a unique character with a powerful voice.
  3. Play with language, imagery and poetic skills in your writing journal. (daily)
  4. READ award-winning children’s books. EVERY DAY!

Literary agent, Alex Adsett presented a practical pitch critiquing session.

We learned how to write an engaging pitch, a synopsis, first page and query letter.

And how to deliver a *LIVE pitch, orally.

Alex Adsett

Who organized StoryArts Brisbane?

Special thanks to the StoryArts committee.  Thanks to Jenny Stubbs, president of Book Links, Danielle Freeland: vice president, Liane McDermott: secretary, Yvonne Mes: co-ordinator of Write Links.

Jacqui Halpin, Maria Parenti-Baldi and myself (Karen Tyrrell) worked on the committee too.

Jacqui Halpin, Danielle Freeland, Liane McDermott, Jenny Stubbs, Karen Tyrrell (moi)

Who were the Winners?

Writers and illustrators now have an action plan for the next step in their publishing journey.

Psst! Friends shared their success stories with me. Many are sending their requested pages or manuscripts to publishers soon.

AND … on the weekend, Publishers accepted manuscripts for publication! YES!!

My friend Artelle Lenthall & me Karen Tyrrell 

 What was the BEST part for me?

Someone read out my First Page to a panel of publishers ….

A publisher then requested the first ten pages of my manuscript.

It’s a humorous fast-paced mystery on childhood anxiety.

I can’t wait to rewrite and resend those pages using everything I’ve learned.

What’s YOUR favourite experience at StoryArts?

Please share your successes here. Comment, Like, Share on Facebook

Photo Credits: Karen Tyrrell, Steve Tyrrell, Maria Parenti-Baldi, Pym Schaare, Artelle Lentall

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Mental Health Achievement Awards Karen Tyrrell

Mental Health Achievement AwardsMental Health Achievement Awards – Karen Tyrrell.

Last Friday, I celebrated Mental Health Week Achievement awards at Brisbane Town Hall with SUPER inspiring people. Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio introduced the speakers as MC.

Queensland Mental Health Commission and Open Minds sponsored these important awards.

Mental Health Achievement Awards

Rwandan Dancers celebrate with the audience


I’m proud to announce, I received a Finalist award in the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience awards.

This award I share with author hubby, Steve Tyrrell, who writes and presents with me.

Mental Health Achievement Awards

Carer Dog bonds with Fuzzy, AKA Steve Tyrrell

I’m honoured to receive my fourth Mental Health award for my achievements as an author, speaker, performer and community service.

My 12 books include mental illness memoirs, recovery, self-care, resilience, Alzheimer’s, belongingness, bully prevention  and MORE.

What did I perform at the Mental Health Expo?

Afterwards, Steve and I performed Bailey Beats the Blah pantomime at Brisbane Square Library, End Room. Everyone in the audience danced, sang and participated.


‘Schoolboy battles anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, searching for his happiness.’

Courier Mail interviews me: ‘Health Awards highlight life-changing work’

As a Queensland Mental Health Week finalist, I spoke about my successes, the challenges and hopes for those living with mental illness …

Ms Tyrrell, who shares her personal story of parent-teacher bullying and mental illness, hopes her work will draw attention to the need for more programs based on self-care and mindfulness.

‘Focusing on strong mind skills in early education creates a resilience-equipped society prepared for the future,” she said.

‘Mental health and resilience should be a priority for society and Governments must concentrate on mental health strategies, resources and funded programs.’

‘She said empowering children with anti-bullying, coping and resilience skills was a “buzz”.

“Every time a child or an adult confides how my mental health journey has helped them … that adds purpose to my life,” Ms Tyrrell said.

‘Someone came to a recent event to disclose their own mental health issues. I shared my lived-experiences, brutal realities and the journey to develop my own coping skills, which gave them personal hope.

If I can continue doing that, I’ll take my successes one person at a time.”

Courier Mail asked me How I validate my work ..

‘She said being a finalist in this year’s awards was validation for the work she does.

‘I faced dark places and I never want anyone to experience that ever,” Ms Tyrrell said.

Recognition from the mental health industry inspires me to write more empowering  books and continue sharing my story of hope with the community.”

Karen Tyrrell has written multiple books about anti-bullying, self-care, mood swings and how to develop coping skills. (Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award Category)’

Who won the Mental Health Achievement Awards?

Drumroll …

Individual … James Hill

Peer Experience … Kerry Geraghty

Early Years Award … Curlew Cove Children and Family Care

Not-For Profit SME Award … ReachOut Australia

Workplace SME Award … Open Arms Veterans And Families Counselling

Workplace Large Award … Energy Queensland

LGBTIQ+ SB … PRIDE Art Therapy Program

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award … Stepping Black Indigenous Corporation Australia

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Award … Romero Centre

Overall Winner …  ReachOut Australia

Mental Health Achievement Awards

How do these awards inspire me?

These awards inspire me to continue spreading resilience messages to children and schools.

Currently, I’m touring schools sharing self-care, bully prevention, resilience and coping skills.

Next week, I’m speaking to students at Trinity College, Beenleigh.

Please contact Speakers Ink, if you’d wish to book me for an interactive talk.


How important is mental health to YOU?

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Finalist Qld Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Finalist Qld Mental Health Week

Finalist Qld Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

Thrilled to announce, I’m shortlisted in the Qld Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.      That’s me, Karen Tyrrell – child empowerment author, performer, pantomimer, speaker and workshop presenter.

Yesterday, I received an unexpected call from the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards. They congratulated me on being shortlisted in the Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award.

A few minutes later, Steve Tyrrell arrived home from the gym. I dashed to his car, overcome with tears.

I could barely speak. ‘I-I’m finalist!’

What’s the Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award?

It’s an award for those who’ve experienced mental health issues and now share resilience, self-care and coping skills with the community.

In my case, I wrote two memoirs about my recovery from mental health issues and workplace bullying. Parents of my school student bullied me to my breakdown … and beyond.

Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery + Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness

Plus I wrote ten child empowerment books for children on how to live strong, and stop the bully.

And care for the environment.

Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird) is shortlisted for Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2019. HERE

What Author Talks do I present in schools, libraries and festivals?

I present talks and writing workshops on bully prevention, self-care, resilience, coping skills and eco talks.

Steve and I pantomime our books with storytelling, costumes, FUN and music.


FREE event: Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime

Steve and I perform Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomine on Friday, 11th September 1.30 pm at Brisbane Square Library, Level 2, End Room.

Info HERERSVP Event Here

What’s your Current Work in Progress?

I’m currently working on a child empowerment novel on Anxiety.

In two weeks, I meet with editors for face to face feedback.

Please wish me luck. 🙂

This is NOT the Book Title

What other Mental Health awards have you won?

In 2015, I won the Jude Bugeja award. Before that, I won two Finalist awards in different categories.

Finalist Qld Mental Health Week

 When will the WINNER be announced?

The winners of the 10 categories will receive their award at the breakfast ceremony on Friday 11th October at Brisbane City Hall.  Please stay tuned for photos and announcements.

 Please support me and Share the LOVE 😊

I would love to hear how you TAKE TIME for Mental Health😊

Finalist Qld Mental Health Week

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Mental Health Expo presents Bailey Beats the Blah

Mental Health Expo

In October, Brisbane Mental Health Expo presents my FUN interactive pantomime Bailey Beats the Blah with costumes and pro-active mental health messages for children and families.

What’s Brisbane Mental Health Expo?

The Brisbane Mental Health Expo is an engaging way to promote mental health programs and services, sharing information and resources with the community.  The expo centres on Reddacliff Place, Brisbane and Brisbane Square Library next door.

What’s Arts@Mental Health Expo?

It celebrates artists and creatives working in the intersection of arts and health, or identifying as having a lived experience of mental health concerns.

Join us for this FREE and exciting program of Arts for Inclusion at Brisbane Square Library.

Its sponsored by Brisbane City Council and Brisbane City Libraries.

Mental Health Expo

What’s Bailey Beats the Blah?

Picture book, Bailey Beats the BLAH was created by me, award-winning resilience author Karen Tyrrell.

Bailey’s feeling blah and sad and doesn’t want to go to school.

He transforms his blah into ha-ha-ha, enjoying a happy, healthy life.


Bailey Beats the Blah is supported by Kids Helpline and Kids Book Review.

What’s Bailey Beats the Blah pantomime?

‘Come along to our interactive pantomime with costume, props, storytelling and song to teach children coping skills to deal with low moods and anxiety. Based on the children’s book Bailey Beats the Blah, by award winning author Karen Tyrrell, who  overcame mental illness and workplace bullying.

Young and the young at heart welcome!’

Mental Health Expo

Award-winning Books for Sale

 Karen Tyrrell and co-author Steve Tyrrell are award-winning mental health advocates, recovered from mental health issues and parent-teacher bullying.

Karen wrote Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery

Steve and Karen create empowering books for children with themes of self-care, bully prevention, perseverance, and resilience …

The Song Bird Superhero series teaches kids about bully prevention and caring for the environment.

Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue is shortlisted for Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2019. ORDER HERE

SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel HERE

 EVENT: Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime

Karen Tyrrell (me) as Bailey and Steve Tyrrell as fuzzy the dog, perform Bailey Beats the Blah on Friday 11th October at 1.40pm

Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime

DATE: Friday 11th October 1:40-2:25pm

PLACE: Brisbane Square Library, Level 2, End Room.

10:30-2.15 Library Theatrette, Level 1: Speaker, film, visual artist, karaoke workshop.

10:30-2.25 Library Level 2 End Room: Empathy VR, interactive theatre, creative/ inspiration talks.

**1.40 pm: Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime with Karen & Steve Tyrrell

 Who’s  joining the FUN?

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First Draft – How to Write your Story

First Draft

Writing the First Draft

YIPEE! Yesterday, I finished the first draft of my children’s novel … on a topic close to my heart.


First Draft

Personally, I suffered anxiety as a child and as an adult. I came from a loving family consisting of an anxious Mum, an anxious Dad … and three anxious sisters.

Yep! Anxiety is part of my genetic make-up.

In the past, anxiety peaked when a bully harassed me as a child … and again when I was a school teacher.

I reveal how three bullies terrorize me, a teacher, in my memoir Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness.

My junior fiction books reveal elements of my bully experiences and prevention strategies.

Recently, STOP the Bully was listed on the 2019 NSW Premiers Reading Challenge for Grade 3-4. Its supported by Kids Helpline and Kids Book Review.

Song Bird Superhero  received excellent Reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Disney magazine. An International Marketplace catalogue will list Song Bird Superhero  in August, 2019.

ME? I minimize anxiety flare-ups with positive self-talk and coping skills.

Celebrating my first draft

With a toss of confetti and a sip of wine, I celebrated with hubby, author Steve Tyrrell.

Finally, I finished months of visualizing, researching, planning … and writing down my story.

 Now, I have something concrete to work on. I’ll begin the second draft very soon.

First Draft

What’s the first draft?

The first draft is my first effort in telling my story from start to finish. In my case, I completed twenty-nine chapters of a junior fiction novel.

First Draft

How did I start the first draft?

First, I thought of a story idea about a character who must solve an unsolvable problem.

I day dreamed, visualizing my main character so I could get to know him/ her better.

I asked questions …

What do they want?

What’s their greatest dream?

What’s their greatest fear?

 What comes next?

Then I brainstormed: who, what, when, where, why, how … and what if?

The answers helped me form a story premis.

I created a list of possible characters and chapter scenes.

First Draft

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants. In the past, I wasted too much time writing this way.

Now, I’m definitely a plotter. Which means I plan my stories in advance. With a story structure, I develop my chapters around a story plot, like following a recipe.


I create an outline or a profile sheet for each character, asking myself what does that character WANT? I make each character memorable in both their appearance and their character traits.

 Create a story structure or an outline

I work out my story based on the ‘Hero’s Journey’ plot structure with Three Acts. Many fantasy books and movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings use this framework.

Write my Story

Each day, I visualize a scene in my story using Stream of Consciousness writing. Quickly, I scribble down what I ‘see and feel’. Later I type up the chapter in a Word Document.

I continue this way until I finish the book, resolving all the problems and answering all the questions about the character.

First Draft

  #7 Tips to Finish your First Draft

  1. Start with a story idea and a super challenge for your character. Ask your character many questions which he/she will answer through the story.
  2. Outline your plot, your characters and scenes for each chapter.
  3. Read your story structure or outline regularly to remind you where you’re going.
  4. Write the same time each day.
  5. Take a notebook everywhere, to jot down ideas.
  6. Try writing retreats, NaNoWriMo or writing challenges to keep you focused.
  7. Finish writing your story!

First DraftHave you finished writing your First Draft?

 What writing tips would you like to share?

Please comment below, Like or share in social media  🙂

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Stream of Consciousness Writing

Writers: Yvonne, Jenny, Liane, Danielle

Stream of Consciousness Writing

On Saturday I (Karen Tyrrell) presented a stream of consciousness writing workshop for my Brisbane writing buddies at Write Links (a sub group of Book Links).

Karen Tyrrell presenter at Write Links

Who inspired me to write via stream of consciousness?

In February, Karen Foxlee spoke at Write Links, sharing how stream of consciousness helped her to create New York seller, Lenny’s Book of Everything.

She expressed the heart of Lenny, by connecting with her memories, hopes, fears and dreams.

Karen Foxlee Author

Stream of consciousness helps me to write my quirky junior fiction novels, Song Bird Superhero series and my WIP.

Tapping into my character’s inner monologue, helps to create strong emotions, thoughts and dialogue, spliced with humour.

What’s stream of consciousness writing?

Stream of consciousness writing happens when you close your eyes, envisage your setting, character and story, tapping into the subconscious.

You pen-write quickly without pausing, without editing.

What’s Write Links?

Write Links is a face to face group of Brisbane children’s writers of picture books, junior novels and YA. Each month, Write Links members enjoy writer’s activation sessions co-ordinated by Yvonne Mes.

Yvonne Mes Co-ordinator of Write Links

This month, I presented my workshop Build a Castle.

 How do I present Build A Castle workshop?

I read out short guided writing instructions for participants to visualize and then write.

First, I ask writers to choose a setting from a list of 12.

How did I present the stream of consciousness writing workshop?

STEP 1  I request writers to close their eyes and place their hands flat on the table or on their knees. ‘Now, picture yourself, or a character/ hero/ villain standing in for you, in the setting you have chosen. Concentrate on YOUR surroundings, but don’t try to imagine anything. Just let the environment fade in around you.’

When you can SEE your environment, open your eyes.

STEP 2 ‘Without pausing to think, write exactly what you saw. Aim for 4 sentences or more.

We continued, going back into the same environment, eyes closed. Next, we visualize a hidden object coming into view.

‘When you SEE it, open your eyes and write down what it looks like.’

STEP 3 Eyes closed, step back into the environment, this time a living thing comes into view. Write down what you see.

STEP 4 Behind you is a reflective surface (water, glass, mirror, metal). Look at “YOUR” Reflection.

Pause to consider the mood of the environment. Happy?  Fearful? Peaceful? Uneasy?

When you see how “you” LOOK, and know how “you” FEEL, open your eyes.

Without pause for thought, write down what you saw.

STEP 5 This time, “SEE” it as a movie set. “You” are there, so is the inanimate object AND a living creature. A voice calls “ACTION!” The scene comes to life. See what happens.

Open your eyes, and write down the ACTION you just witnessed.

STEP 6: I invited them to expand their writing by asking themselves the 5 W’s questions. I suggested they read, edit and expand their writing to create a story or a book.

What did my Write Links buddies write?


Trees reached for the sky, sunlight streaming through, scattered by leaves. Lacey fern fronds gently brushed my face as I scurried around the forest floor. The sweet smell of decaying undergrowth filled the air. Moisture settled and droplets formed, splashing into the stream. — Sandy Driessens writer

Special Object

The broken carcass of a ship lays resting against the rocks to the left. Half in the water and half out. A gaping hole in the side shows the reason for this wreckage. Paint flecks of green and white outline the recent hole and the sail lays, smashed and scattered, on the deck.

Sophia Evans writer

Writers Sophia Evans (blue), Inda Ahmad Zabri (orange), Sandy Driessens (glasses)

Living Thing.

A pigeon walks up from behind the puppet. It looks happy and this-is-my-domain cocky.

It’s a common sort of street pigeon, with a ring around one of its paws and missing a toe.

Unlike the other pigeons it seems to have a sense of purpose, not pecking around looking for scraps, instead it strides confidently. – Yvonne Mes Writer & illustrator

Illustrated by Yvonne Mes

Main Character

My reflection in the castle’s window shows a pointed face accentuated by a long tapering beard. My hair falls limp and straight past my ears and neck to my shoulders. It blows in the breeze, once dark but now peppered with grey. Veins stand out on my face. Would people trust me?

Not with the thick black snake lying across my arms and shoulders. I find a bush along the castle wall, and direct it to hide — Tyrion Perkins writer


‘I found your exercise so helpful that it gave me the idea to develop into a short story.’

Inda Ahmad Zabri writer

 How does stream of consciousness develop your writing?

  1. Taps into your imagination through visualization
  2. Creates flow and confidence in your writing
  3. Connects you to your character’s feelings, thoughts, dialogue and action
  4. Activates writing a new story or novel
  5. Present stream of consciousness writing to children to develop their imagination.

 Who is  Blog writer- Karen Tyrrell Author?

Karen Tyrrell is an award-winning author of twelve empowering books to help kids live strong. She presents writing workshops for schools, libraries, festivals and conferences.  You can book Karen via agents Speakers Ink, Greenleaf Press or Creative Speakers Net.

Karen Tyrrell with Tyrion Perkins & Anna Byrd

How has stream of consciousness helped your writing?

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