Sunday, December 4, 2011
What Bert Hinkler taught me about writing.
Who is Bert Hinkler, you may ask? He's this guy:
Bert Hinkler was the first person to fly solo from England to Australia and he came from a town called Bundaberg on the Queensland coast. I lived in Bundaberg for a few years as a kid, and Bert Hinkler is their most famous export. Apart from the rum, I suppose, and they must have figured it was more edifying for school children to visit Bert Hinkler's house than the rum distillery. Shame.
Anyway, going through a stack of old primary school stuff, I found a Bert Hinkler-related writing exercise. It could be Grade Six or Seven. I'm not sure, because the cover has fallen off and, frankly, my handwriting was always that bad. But I'd like to thank whichever teacher it was who set this exercise, because this is good stuff.
Although I obviously didn't get into it at the time. My map of Queensland isn't even coloured in properly, Hinkler's house appears to be in the ocean, and there is no way in hell that plane would get off the ground.
Do you run through what your character sees, hears, feels, fears or enjoys in each scene?
How much makes it into the scene?
Do you ever wish you could illustrate your own stories?
Are you jealous of my plane drawing skills?