Writing Inspiration

Unmotivated

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Unmotivated

It may seem sort of odd to follow up three posts about being inspired and pushed from the SCBWI LA Conference to now talking about being unmotivated. But such is the nature of life and writing.We are in San Diego, about to move our youngest into her college dorm. We’ve been talking about it for weeks, knowing it, but I’ve been ignoring the anxiety and sadness that has been at my back for that same amount of time, not wanting to feel its hot breath on my neck. So I keep just ahead of it…for now (though I allowed myself a good cry yesterday). I know I will give into it, but...

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2016 SCBWI LA: Biggest Takeaways

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2016 SCBWI LA: Biggest Takeaways

This is the third and final installment of brief insights and observations from the 2016 SCBWI LA Conference that was held July 29-31. Look for specific, but perennial, tips in my Blab-o-Tips newsletter! So here are some of my biggest (mostly) time sensitive takeaways from the conference: From Justin Chanda, Editor and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Demand for picture books going up – character-driven, humorous, rising interest in pbs with a classic feel. Middle grade – interest in stand alone, literary, magical realism BUT, don’t write to trends! Books published this year were...

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2016 SCBWI LA: Hope

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2016 SCBWI LA: Hope

This is the second installment of brief insights and observations from the 2016 SCBWI LA Conference that was held July 29-31. Look for specific, but perennial, tips in my Blab-o-Tips newsletter! At lunch at the conference friend and I were talking about how overwhelming it can be to walk into a library or bookstore and see all of the books available. We catch ourselves asking: “How will anyone find my book?” or even more despairing: “What’s the point?” This second one has plagued me as I struggle with revisions on my YA before it goes to my agent again....

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2016 SCBWI LA: Community

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

2016 SCBWI LA: Community

In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some insights and observations from the 2016 SCBWI LA Conference that was held July 29-31. I will also be sharing any specific, but perennial, tips through my Blab-o-Tips newsletter so if you aren’t subscribed to that, I’d encourage you to check it out!Community always strikes me when I arrive at the conference each year. Not just seeing familiar faces and reuniting with friends, but just the feel in general. These are our people, our “tribe” as author Bruce Coville is fond of saying. Sharing victories I was chatting...

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Get Out of the Harbor!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Get Out of the Harbor!

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” —John A. Shedd I like the security of the known, of the familiar, and yet the times when I’ve grown most as a person and a writer are those times when I’ve stepped away from the unknown, left the harbor and sailed out toward uncharted (at least to me) waters. Case in point: I have spent the last several years taking classes and spending time at Unity Spiritual Center of Denver, a new thought/metaphysical center that aligns with my values of living out of love and peace, of believing that our thoughts have a...

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Slow and Steady

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Slow and Steady

  It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted and it’s mostly because I’ve been working on my YA–yay! Slow and steady progress. This video is of me cleaning our pool. To pick up as much debris as possible, I have to push the vacuum very slowly; otherwise I stir up the debris and send it off to another part of the pool. As I was cleaning the other day, it occurred to me that this was a metaphor for how I was working on my novel. The more slowly and deliberately I approached each scene and character, the more fully developed they became. Surprise! I was...

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