Writing Stuff

Post-prompt: Writing goals

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Jumpstart Mondays, Writing Stuff | 0 comments

Yesterday I asked some questions to help set some writing goals for you and myself. Because I’ve got a full day author visit and am also heading to Boulder this weekend to be on faculty for Big Sur in the Rockies, my writing time will be more limited this week. So my goals for this week will be modest: Write the scenes (I think I need two but it may be three) that lead to the midpoint in my novel. I’ve already written a lot of the scenes after the midpoint (not realizing until last week that that’s where they belonged) Do final revisions on my latest picture book manuscript...

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Writing Picture Books: ideas from everywhere

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Picture Books, Writer Tips & Tools, Writing Stuff | 0 comments

Today is Picture Book Wednesday and we’ll be looking at where we get our ideas. This is a question that often comes up when I do author visits and it’s a good one. In honor of the recently passed St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share how author Natasha Wing got her idea for The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, illustrated by Amy Wummer. Natasha is the bestselling author of several “Night Before” books and visits schools and libraries talking about her books and writing. When Natasha was doing one of those visits a few years back, she had the students come up...

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Find Inspiration

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Writing Stuff | 0 comments

This Thursday I’m sharing another really great quote. This is a reality for me, for sure, but sometimes I get lazy and if I don’t feel inspired or excited about my book on a particular day, I often procrastinate, as if checking my email or surfing the Internet will somehow bring my story to life. Now, to find my club… “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London   Share...

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Write a Story You Want to Read

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Writing Stuff | 0 comments

This Thursday I’m sharing another quote I love. Sometimes I lose sight of this when I get author envy (see part 1 and part 2 on this topic) or wish I had written a book on the bestseller list. But truly, if you writing a story you’d like to read, you’re halfway there because you’ll have fun writing it, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. “Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” ― Meg Cabot   Share...

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We Need Stories

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Writing Stuff | 0 comments

The next few Thursdays I want to highlight some quotes I love – either because they inspire me, or speak directly to me about a particular truth. I hope you find meaning in them too. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman Share...

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Writing Picture Books: Rhyme Well Done

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Picture Books, Writer Tips & Tools, Writing Stuff | 0 comments

Today is Picture Book Wednesday and we’ll be talking about what good rhyme looks like. So often we hear that editors don’t want rhyme at all when what they really don’t want is bad rhyme. Because they get so much bad rhyme, they often say they don’t want rhyme at all. Studying good rhyme can help us when writing our own rhyme. I’ll be using Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by J. (Jon) Klassen. Perfect Rhythm The rhymes in this book have wonderful meter and flow easily as a read-aloud. But more than that, Caroline sets a dance-like tone and...

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