Posts Tagged "picture books"

Why I Need to Write Oodles of PB Stories–Do You?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Why I Need to Write Oodles of PB Stories–Do You?

One of our goals when I signed with my current agent was to try to place one or two picture book manuscripts a year (in addition to my novels.) Obviously the acceptance side was out of our hands, but the creation side was not. We had talked about strategies before, but it hadn’t really hit me until now—maybe because I’ll be 53 next week. 😉  For me (maybe not other writers) to have a shot at more acceptances, I believe I need to write between 12 and 20 picture books a year.  For those of you who think that’s a lot, it’s not a typo. For those of you who can whip...

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Picture Book Idea Month-One Year Later

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Picture Book Idea Month-One Year Later

Last November I decided to participate in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), a fun project started by author Tara Lazar. I’m going to do it again this year, but I thought I’d share what I did with my calendar of ideas. One Completed Manuscript One of the ideas I wrote down turned into a really fun story with two main characters. I worked on it for quite a while, revised to make it the best I could and got it to my agent. After a few more rounds of revision, she sent it out to publishers and they all eventually passed. Some gave feedback, but I was so in love with the existing...

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In Spirit Now, Caroline

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

In Spirit Now, Caroline

On June 18, my friend and colleague, masterful writer, generous teacher, and sweet soul, Caroline Stutson, transitioned into Spirit. She went on her own terms after she found out she had cancer. My heart is breaking, but I like to think she is chatting it up with my mom and that they are both enveloped in joy. Caroline was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. After Caroline left our large critique group, some of us formed a smaller group which would meet every quarter or so. Caroline would drive to my house and then I’d drive us both to Golden to meet the others at the Barnes...

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PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

On Nov 6, I talked about participating in PiBoIdMo (the brainchild of author Tara Lazar) and I thought I’d let you know how it’s going so far. I’ve been able to come up with an idea every day, but it hasn’t always been easy. Which cracks me up because one of the first questions I usually get at school visits is “Where do you get your ideas?”and my answer has always been–from everywhere! Something I hear from a friend or family member, something I’ve read, something one of my kids has said or one of their friends… And that’s still...

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Picture Book Ideas–I’m Going For It!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Picture Book Ideas–I’m Going For It!

Picture book author, Tara Lazar, started Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) in response to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The great thing is you just have to come up with one idea (not an entire story) per day. Of course, the plan is to have a few manuscripts result from these ideas, but we don’t have to flesh those out unless we’re inspired. I decided to do it this year and I’m excited so far. See that pic of my blank calendar below? I printed that on Friday. It has been filled in with five ideas–today’s idea isn’t on there yet, but it will be!...

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