Best Writing Moment… Phamie MacDonald.


Children’s book author and creator of The Planets series, Phamie MacDonald talks about her favourite writing moments and shares her writing space….

My favourite writing moment so far – is any moment at all when I get lost in the story. Every writer knows that frustrating blank page syndrome when all the words seem to have fallen out of your brain so it’s always a joyful, glorious time when the words flow, the story fits together and you can feel a new world being created. Bliss.


Phamie McDonald

Phamie MacDonald


Phamie’s writing space.


My favourite, favourite, favourite writing moment ever was when I first conceived my children’s book series idea, The Planets. It was an idea inspired by a documentary I was producing about solar eclipses. I’d never been into space or the stars before this documentary (or children’s books, come to think of it…!) but mid-way through, fueled by gorgeous, colourful images of space and the planets, I decided I wanted to do something to get children excited about space. From that moment, it was as if the idea fell, fully-formed, from the sky into my brain and flowed onto the page. It was magical.

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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