I wrote a chapter book. It was fun, and silly, and my gut told me I needed to make the main character a couple years older. What did I do? I told my gut to be quiet and sent the manuscript off to an agent. She loved the first three chapters and requested the full … Continue reading Writers – Trust Your Gut
You'll quickly learn that I like games. I also love those picture games where they zoom in super close and you have to guess what it is. This game mixes that idea with picture books. Here's how to play: Go to the twitter hashtag #namethatPB to see how well you know your picture book illustrations! … Continue reading Twitter Game – Name that picture book: #namethatPB
Any other writers struggle to start writing? Once I get going, I'm good, but what I struggle with is sitting down and putting my fingers to the keyboard! How about you? This little exercise has saved me more than once when the writing had to get done. It's the 5-minute rule. And it's about as simple … Continue reading Stop procrastinating and start writing with one simple rule.
Being a writer can be exhausting. First, you put your heart and soul into a piece that you aren't even sure anyone will "get." Then you spend months, often years, trying to convince editors and publishers that they should love your characters as much as you do. And after you finally get that contract, what's … Continue reading Writer’s Burn Out: How to reboot and learn to love writing again.
Kim B. Clark, a University president, taught a principle for learning that applies perfectly for writing as well. He says, "In every major there is a Know-Do-Become pattern that applies to that field. Deep learning of this kind only comes with diligence on the part of the learner." * He teaches, to reach the next level of … Continue reading Three steps to becoming a published writer
When I bring dinner to the table, it's not the chicken nuggets my eight year gets old excited about, it's the veggies. Peas? She squeals. Carrots? She sighs. Mix those two together and I'm afraid she might faint from all the excitement. No, she's not normal, and I love her for it. We, as writers, could … Continue reading WRITING TIP: Eat your veggies and your criticism too.
While I'm glued to my computer for my day job, I enjoy listening to author interviews. Their thoughts are inspiring and motivating - especially if you're a writer too. I was captivated by J.K. Rowling's interview with Oprah (see below). If you have 45 minutes it's worth the watch (or listen, like I did). If not, … Continue reading Famous Author’s Words of Wisdom
Rejection is an ugly beast that you have to confront many, many times in your writing career. How you defeat it and hush its monstrous roar is up to you. I calm mine with loud music I can't help but sing too, like Adele. Maybe yours is a walk, or a gallon of cookies and cream ice … Continue reading Surviving Rejection
Here's a quick little laugh for you because all of us writers have been there... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3j2m31S6U Happy Writing and don't forget to follow me!
When I started writing, one of those most confusing things was figuring out the lingo. I read articles about getting published and had to research more just to understand what "query" meant and to see if my manuscript was "unsolicited" or not. So, for you other confused souls I'm here to help. Here's some terms … Continue reading Writing Terms – what’s it all mean?