Tuesday, October 25, 2016

100 WRITERS _____ Kicking off NaNoWriMo 2016 in Singapore really early + your free 100 WRITERS story writing workbook, scroll down to the end


NOTE: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project, which is a support group for fiction writers currently hosted by StoryCode Singapore. Find out more here

This photo above: I was at the NaNoWriMo SG Kick Off Party last Saturday. Eager and early.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November. How it works is there's an official website in the US which provides tools and community support to help you finish writing a novel between November 1 and November 30. Ideally you end up with a rough manuscript that's over 50,000 words. Just have fun and it doesn't matter if you don't finish. There are now NaNoWriMo chapters all over the world, and you get to organise your own local meetups and group writing sessions at cafes and schools and any other suitable spots.


This NaNoWriMo SG Kick Off Party is usually scheduled for the last weekend of October, but since that will be a public holiday this year, the event happened a week before. Early birds indeed! Credit for putting this together goes to a small team led by the dynamic duo sarahcoldheart and Joelyn Alexandra, AKA the official Municipal Liaisons, AKA local volunteer reps. I featured an interview with these two here last year.


One highlight on Saturday: Singapore author Clarissa N. Goenawan talked about how her NaNoWriMo project from a few years back actually ended up winning the 2015 Bath Novel Award and earning her a proper literary agent who then got her book published by Soho Press in the US. Wow. What a fantastic NaNoWriMo success story to inspire all of us. Clarissa also wore some cute red Halloween horns because the dress code was Out Of This World, which is the official NaNoWriMo theme for this year. I wanted to take a photo with her but she had to leave before I could.

This is Raven Silvers, she used to be the Municipal Liaison and still helps out with events. Thanks to NaNoWriMo SG for this photo and the next one.
What else we did at the party: there was an introduction to the whole NaNoWriMo thing which has helpful because quite a number of people were new to this, there were some quick tips on how to write and keep writing and just keep writing until you reach the end of the month, and also there were quiz questions with prizes. The prizes included some interesting goodies and also two copies of my new book IMAGINE ALL THIS: HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORIES. Congrats again to lucky winners Shannon and Lakshmy!


And there was cake too. A yummy star cake. Which is an important tradition at local NaNoWriMo parties.

Missed the event? Never mind. You can still sign up for a free NaNoWriMo account here, and then get active on the SG forum discussions here, and at the end of November you can turn up for the official TGIO Party (Date: Saturday, Dec 3, 2016).

Free download (PDF) here
Here's my post about last year's NaNoWriMo closing party. Time flies. If you're going to take up the challenge this year, you can download my free story writing workbook to help you shape up your ideas, plan your story, and fill it with exciting scenes and captivating characters. It's called the 100 WRITERS STORY WORKBOOK and the free download (PDF) is here.

Happy writing, everyone! :)

— D









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LATEST! My new book

available in stores around Singapore mid-October
Proudly published by Marshall Cavendish

Ebook worldwide: December 2016
Paperback worldwide: April 2016

Readers in Singapore: 










* LAST FEW DAYS! *
My SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) 
has been nominated for this year's award. Please take some time 
to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 
1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

Vote and win here:







Sunday, October 23, 2016

100 WRITERS _____ LEROY LAM the INKredible creative writing coach teaches children to make up stories about monsters and spaceships and stuff

NOTE: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project, which is a support group for fiction writers currently hosted by StoryCode Singapore. Find out more here

Photos from Monsters Under The Bed
When children are taught to write in school, they are given grammar tips and composition exercises. But when it's time to write creatively, to use their imagination, to express themselves through a story, they need more than just language skills. They need enthusiasm, inspiration and a community of generous supporters. Which is what the people at local creative writing school Monsters Under The Bed (MUTB) are trying to provide with their INK workshops. Here's a short interview below with their main writing coach Leroy Lam, about the fun story camp they'll be organising later this year. Monsters Under The Bed also helped launch my Sherlock Hong Adventures book a few years back, here's the story.

— D



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MEET LEROY LAM
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Please introduce yourself!
My name is Leroy Lam, I'm the Principal Trainer and Curriculum developer at MUTB. I also write short stories and I've published an anthology called Saga.

What's your holiday writing workshop about?
This coming workshop is part of our INK (Imagination n Knowledge) series, a signature workshop at MUTB. It's called INKcredible Creatures and How to Catch Them! It's a 1-day creative writing workshop that teaches your child to craft a fascinating story about incredible creatures and how to tame them.


What's an INK workshop? 
INK is an MUTB specialty, and it's where we immerse kids in an environment that hopefully inspires them to write, no holds barred. We have done some incredible workshop themes, from HauntINK (supernatural stuff), to detective stories in InvestigateINK, to our very, very big one last year about scifi stories, INK to the Void, which was inspired by Star Wars.

Why is storytelling important for children?
My son (and sometimes my eldest daughter) would refuse to sleep without me telling a story at bedtime. Storytelling brings a world of imagination to children, takes them to fantastic lands and lets them experience harrowing adventures they may never experience in real life. It is important because it teaches them. Values, morals, how to fight off pirates ... everything. It inspires them to become someone larger than life, bigger than the world they live in.

Leroy and his team with their young writers
How can parents sign up for your workshop?
Parents can email me to sign up at leroy@mutb.com.sg, or drop by our center at 261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Center, #02-19, S180261, and fill up a registration form. They can also sign up on our Facebook event page and we'll get back to them asap.




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* LAST FEW DAYS! *
My SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) 
has been nominated for this year's award. Please take some time 
to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 
1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

Vote and win here:









LATEST! My new book

available in stores around Singapore mid-October
Proudly published by Marshall Cavendish

Ebook worldwide: December 2016
Paperback worldwide: April 2016

Readers in Singapore: 








Thursday, October 13, 2016

MAGICIENNE _____ This is our thrilling new YA novel coming out November 2016, now read an exclusive excerpt + interviews with my co-author Ning Cai


Ning Cai (above) first became famous as Magic Babe Ning, the multi-award-winning Singaporean magician and entertainment personality. She co-authored the travelogue bestseller Adventures of 2 Girls (with Pamela Ho), and her memoir Who is Magic Babe Ning? was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016. She also has a book on creativity coming out, Game of Thoughts, with John Teo. But why she’s here on the Super Cool Books blog is we recently co-authored a young adult novel MAGICIENNE, and it will be published later this year by Marshall Cavendish. It’s part thriller, part coming of age story. With lots of surprises. Ning is the new voice of Singapore fiction. She’s bringing the magic. Look out for our book in all good bookstores from November 2016. In the meantime, enjoy the book excerpt and the interviews with her, via the links below.

— D



EXCERPT & INTERVIEWS

Exclusive Excerpt — Magicienne: A Novel By Ning Cai & Don Bosco

Ning Cai’s Magicienne: What It Takes To Truly Write A Ya Novel From The Heart

Ning Cai’s Magicienne: When A Gawky Girl Transforms Into An Interesting Young Woman, That’s Magic


Me, Ning and Melvin Neo our editor at Marshall Cavendish

_____ BOOK INFO

Magicienne
by Ning Cai and Don Bosco
Published by Marshall Cavendish
ISBN 978 981 4771 40 5

Synopsis: Fifteen year old Angel Morning Lee grew up in a children's home, never knowing her parents. Her only escape is performing tricks with an old magic set. One day she is given a scholarship to Modern College, an elite school for girls. There, she becomes close friends with Pammy, a strange schoolmate who has a disturbing secret. To fight the abuse of power all around her, she must find the courage to follow her own heart.





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SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) 
has been nominated for this year's award. Please take some time 
to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 
1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

Vote and win here:







My new book IMAGINE ALL THIS gives you 
the creative tools to use your imagination and 
create your own stories, read about it here.







Monday, October 10, 2016

LION CITY ADVENTURES _____ The 2016 SCBWI Book Blast has started! Loads of new titles to get excited about, including our ISLAND OF LEGENDS


This year my book ISLAND OF LEGENDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 3) is featured as part of the annual #SCBWIBookBlast promotion campaign organised by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

#SCBWIBookBlast has tons of books for children and teens. You can browse the selection and even buy the titles online. You'll surely find a new story to read or share. The promotion runs from Oct 10 to Nov 18 and features releases from both Independent and Traditional writers and illustrators. Wow, indeed.


Here is the main page, just scroll down to find my book, listed in the B section (my last name). Do click on the heart icon to Like my page. Or leave me a note in the Guest Book! :)

http://www.scbwi.org/bookblast-search/?type=trad

You can also find out more about what some SCBWI members in Singapore are up to, especially the books we've written and the different things that inspire us. Check out this recent post here, and follow the links to get in touch or sign up and join us.

Happy reading!

— D




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SECRETS OF THE HEARTLANDS (Lion City Adventures, Book 2) 
has been nominated for this year's award. Please take some time 
to vote for your favourite books, and you might win a $50 voucher plus 
1 year Popular card membership. For readers in Singapore only.

Vote and win here:





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