How To Write A Story - Carrington Public School

I love getting to visit schools all around NSW to talk about how truly important reading and writing is. Today I got to visit Carrington Public School on behalf of the wonderful organisation Books In Homes. Books In Homes is an initiative to get more books in to the homes of school kids and for my money, there is no better initiative.

Part of the reason for my visit today was to discuss how to write a story. Not many people know this, but writing a story is very easy so long as you stick to this simple structure...

A story must have;
  • A beginning. This is where you introduce a problem to your characters.
  • A middle. This is where your characters attempt to solve the problem.
  • And an end. This is where your characters either solve the problem, or find some sort of resolution.

And that's it. All of the classic stories follow this simple formula and by doing so, are able to maintain some level of control over the readers emotional journey throughout the story.

A huge thank you is going out to the amazing students for being great listeners and excellent question askers. I can already tell that some of you will grow up to be amazing story tellers (if you make sure to pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers).

Until then, I would love to share this quote with you that one of the teachers shared with everyone at assembly.

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” Roald Dahl, Matilda


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I got published in Freshwater’s Covered Magazine!

Covered Magazine is a new free magazine that gets delivered to homes across Freshwater NSW every month. The magazine includes local news, a section for kids, epic deals for local businesses and lots more (I think). Pretty cool. Definitely bathroom reading material worthy.

You can read my story MILKSHAKES CAN TALK in the online version of the first issue of Covered Magazine here – http://www.allbasescovered.com.au/summer-launch-edition

See page 68.

More stories to come.


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Books In Homes party at Paxton Public School

Author visits school for books in homes

Books In Homes is my favourite organisation in the world. Not only do they give much needed books to school kids, but they also send me to visit schools around NSW Australia to talk about my favourite things... reading and writing.


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YouTuber Simone Van Der Steeg reviews my book



Lots of love going out to my good friend Simone Van Der Steeg for reviewing my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES on YouTube. 

Thanks for the kind words Simone... It was truly an honour for me to have you check out my book. PLUS, I wasn’t expecting you to say so many nice things :) I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Simone is an Author | YouTuber | Film maker | Actress | Law student living in the Netherlands. You should go to her YouTube channel and subscribe to her videos.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HeySymona


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My visit to Kitchener Public School in NSW



I had the coolest day today. I got to visit some of the most incredible kids in Australia at Kitchener Public School in NSW. The visit was organised by the lovely people at Books In Homes Australia.

For those of you who may not be aware, Books In Homes is an initiative to get kids reading by giving away books to school kids. i.e. putting Books In Homes. Could there be any greater initiative? I think not.

So what did we get up to you ask? Well, I got to have a chat to all the kids at their school assembly (Being a Remembrance Day assembly made the occasion all the more special).

My message was pretty simple... and that message was this... Anyone can be an author if they want to be. All you need to do is make sure you pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers. Being an author is one of the funnest jobs in the world too. What could be more fun than making up weird stories?

I got to talk to them about the importance of reading and writing, I got to read them one of my very own stories AANND I got to field some very intelligent questions.

To top it all off, and to prove that anyone can be an author, the kids will all be writing their own stories and sharing it on this blog! So stay tuned to see them come through :) I can already tell that there will be several famous authors coming out of Kitchener Public School.

I would like to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to the lovely staff and parents for being so warm and welcoming me at their school. And to all the kids, thank you for being so cool and listening to what I had to say... Remember, anyone can be an author if they really want to be. I can’t wait to read all your stories!


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My book is going to be in the Hollywood film Anesthesia

One of my books is headed to the big screen sometime in the not too distant future. Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City is going to star as a background prop in the upcoming film Anesthesia - written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

The film stars Hollywood heavyweights Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol and Jessica Hecht just to name a few. The plot focuses on intersecting relationships after the violent mugging of a university professor. So, in many ways, the film plot parallels Romy’s Christmas tale. However, in many more ways, it doesn’t.

Still, it makes me laugh to think that there is a chance that any one of those Hollywood stars possibly picked up my book on set, flipped through it and thought to themselves “What in the actual fuck is this piece of shit children’s book doing on the set of this awesome movie?”

Regardless of what their opinions may be of my flailed attempts at creatively expressing myself, it is an extreme honour for me to have a simple children's book I wrote immortalised on the big screen alongside some people I massively admire.

And may I just say, if you are reading this, and you are a film Producer, Director or just someone who manages props on set or whatever, I just want to state here and now, that you have 100% all my permission to use any of my books in the background of any of your films in the future. ESPECIALLY if Kristen Stewart is starring in it. Yehw!

The film is scheduled for release sometime before the end of the year. Here’s some pics of my book in action. She is a natural talent ;)

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Getting paid for writing books

This week has been a good week. I got paid close to $1500 in royalties for sales of my story Animal Friends: Floating Orange Cubes. At the start of the year, the book hit the Amazon charts after a reddit AMA I did hit the front page. Kids all around the world ended up checking it out. Even this guy had a read.




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Sequel to Animal Friends coming soon

I probably shouldn’t say coming soon, but yeh, it’s coming... it will most likely be ready around Christmas 2014. I’m going to look for a publisher to get this book in to stores across Australia, but rest assured if no publisher is interested, I shall release the book myself.


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Kids Reading Books

It makes my soul smile that kids all around the world are reading children’s stories I have written. Here’s a video of Carter & Riley, some kids from the good old US of A, reading my book Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City sent to me by their mum Cristy.




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Friends For Life

For checking out my story ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES and for supporting my writing adventures, I consider these fine folk my... FRIENDS FOR LIFE! If you too are a reader of this book, and would like to have your picture added to below, tweet your picture to @authorRT and it will be added asap.

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If you don’t have Twitter, there is another way :D (Nature found a way) You can just email it to me. My email is robert DOT s DOT towner AT gmail DOT com.

Not sure where to get a copy? Click here to get yours.

Remember, the picture needs to have you and the book together for it to be included.


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