Advice, interviews, informative links–The focus is on writing:
“Embrace the magic. Turn that blinking cursor into a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page, and a chapter. Take it one step at a time, but begin today. You’ve been chosen to tell this story. It’s your destiny. It’s magic.” –– Beck McDowell
MYTHCREANTS shares 5 Common Dialogue Mistakes and How to Fix Them. They have scores of advice. Check them out!
10 Ways to Proof-read your own Writing – Louise Harnby show us how – Fabulous!
Here’s a shout out to Shelby, a writer from the HPL Young Writers Club led by Michele Wilson, who suggests adding the Creative Writing Glossary to your writer’s toolbox. Thank you Shelby! Write On!
Show, Don’t Tell = Use Body Language … Thanks, Dan Alatorre!
HERE are 9 Manuscript Editing Software programs to consider.
The Thesaurus ladies have done it again. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have released their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.
Well known for their Thesaurus Collection, the amazing WRITERS HELPING WRITERS team, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, has outdone themselves with the initiation of ONE STOP FOR WRITERS. It is THE place to go to hone your craft and raise your writing to the next level – “a powerhouse online library , supplying writers with inspiration, education and unique description resources”. Both sites are chock full of tools for your toolbox , workshops, resource material and more. Their newest contribution to the thesaurus collection – Urban and Rural Settings – is now available!
At last – Mignon Fogarty at Grammar Girl clarifies LAY vs. LIE
Creating your website? WritetoDone has the Definitive Guide
Query Letter conundrums? Check out the Kidlit 411 Query Letter resource page.
Looking for lists of agents that accept kid lit? Publishers that accept unagented submissions? Check out the Kidlit 411 Submissions resource page.
Preditors & Editors – another resource for “the serious writer, composer, game designer, or artist to consult for information, regardless of genre.”
KidLit411 One website with all your favorite Children’s Literature sources in one place – interviews, contests; conferences, workshops and retreats; tips on writing picture books, MG, YA; industry news, etc…THANK YOU to SYLVIA LIU and ELAINE KIELY KEARNS for putting it all together.
The dreaded query letter – YA Author and Folio Jr. Agent John M. Cusick shares his “Pretty Much Foolproof, Never-Fail, Silver-Bullet Query Opening”
Check out Josh Funk’s Guide to Writing Picture Books (in 12 easy steps) as a one stop spot to get you started or as a refresher for renewed focus. And Congratulations to Josh on his debut of “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” on 1 September 2015 . YAY!
Have you ever, ever thought Why can’t I write like Whoever-theheck-isaNYTBestseller? Before you bury yourself in a hole, check out editor Emma D. Dryden’s thoughts on comparing ourselves to others.
Kathleen Temean put together a 2014 list of helpful articles that will knock your socks off and send you dancing barefoot down the street. Just don’t wander too far because you’ll want to check them out. I’m posting it here just so I’ll have it handy.
Check this gem out: Worksheets for Writers Jami Gold shares a bazillion of them. Well, maybe only 40…
Check out Darcy Pattison’s website for a multitude of advice, including 29 Plot Templates
Ahhhhhh…The Dreaded Synopsis, compliments of QueryTracker.netBlog
You’ve just got to love her as much as I do. Once again, Kathleen Temean’s got more to share…Ten Tips to Juice Up Your Protagonist
Ann R. Allen’s Blog with Ruth Harris shares Tools of the Writer’s Trade, an overview of software & other tools for writers
Would you like to work on your WIP in Paris, on a lake in Italy, or the Arizona desert? Yes?Check out Savvy Writers and E-Books On Line for the latest in Grants for Writers.
The Children’s Book Academy recommends a few helpful groups to join.
Character development – Thank you Ingrid Sundberg for posing the Questions to ask your characters with regard to defining your story and plot.
Are you writing a children’s book? For one website, with all of your favorite sources in one place see KidLit 411 – It’s amazing!
I love Kathleen Temean! Reference Links To Help With QUERY LETTER WRITING – all in one place. Thanks Kathy!
To help you avoid common mistakes made when formatting and submitting your manuscript, check out Kathleen Temean’s blog Writing and Illustrating where she shares Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages: A Writers Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
A long list of Perfect Picture Books, put together by Susanna Leonard Hill
Happy New Year
For a list of Creative Commons and Public Domain Images pay Richard Byrn a visit at Free Technology for Teachers
fowl foul language is of concern to you, Kathleen Duey, author of over 80 books for kids K-YA, may help make your decision.
FREELANCING price information, courtesy of Kathleen Temean…thanks Kathy!
Cynsations guest post by Kelly Bennett on That Last Revision: Ruthless Bites shares “advice from the late Tony Hillerman, author of 29 books, including the award-winning Shape Shifter series featuring Navajo Tribal police Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. [Hillerman] credited taking Ruthless Bites with elevating him from mid-list author (“B List” he called it) to best-selling author.” What’s a Ruthless Bite?
- Cut one word from each sentence.
- Cut one sentence from each paragraph.
- Cut one paragraph from each page.
If you are an illustrator for hire or looking for one especially for a self-published book, illustrator/author Elizabeth O. Dulema has wise advice.
“It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when the luck comes you are ready.” – Ernest Hemingway
“…I never know exactly what I’m doing…The story is always smarter than I am.”
Kate’s overall advice?
“…metaphors and the meaning will rise up naturally if you work to write your heart.”
The Grimm Way – CONFLICT – the beating heart of a story – Join Author Mina Witteman in an exercise on raising the stakes – pushing your characters to the brink. This is guaranteed to push you to your writing limits and beyond.
Wonderful advice for any writer in any genre: Three Ways Cause and Effect Can Build Your Story by Martina Boone at Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing
Nathan Bransford has a wonderful blog filled with helpful tips such as:
Maggie Lyons is a go-to for Help For Children’s Book Buyers and Writers. For a list of Middle Grade Book bloggers, this is the resource you have been looking for.
Revision Tip of the Day:
Keep redundancies in mind – He rapidly hurled – HURLING is already rapid.
Harold Underdown has updated “Who’s Moving Where? News and Staff Changes at Children’s Book Publishers.”
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” –Sylvia Plath
And here is a bit of cannon fodder to help win the battle, at least for today: