Dec 1, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
I know it has stars that talk to him, and a sky that stoops
down to his face to amuse him with its silly clouds and rainbows.
Those who make believe to be dumb, and look as if they never
could move, come creeping to his window with their stories and with
trays crowded with bright toys.
I wish I could travel by the road that crosses baby's mind,
and out beyond all bounds;
Where messengers run errands for no cause between the kingdoms
of kings of no history;
Where Reason makes kites of her laws and flies them, the Truth
sets Fact free from its fetters.
Nov 22, 2009
These two things have been good friends to me over the years, but now I find myself relying on them more than ever. However, there is one problem with the chocolate. I've been eating Reece's Cups to get my chocolate fix, and with all the sitting I've been doing, let's just say the Reece's have added some extra padding to my posterior. It's noticeable enough for my six-year-old daughter to ask, "Why does when your belly get bigger from the baby, your butt gets bigger too?" My answer to her, "Hormones honey... hormones."
Nov 4, 2009
What have I been going with my time? Writing, writing, and more writing. NaNo is keeping me very busy, and as difficult as it is for me to write as much as I am every day, I have to say I am really enjoying it! When working on picture books my challenge is to stay under 1000 words. Now my challenge is to write over 1600 a day! BIG difference.
So, what have I learned so far? Well, one thing I already knew about myself- I have to have a deadline in order to complete my work in a timely manner. Also, it's good to have a regular writing routine. I've been writing in the morning while my little man is in preschool. AND--- I FINALLY (I'm in to all caps today) broke down an bought a digital voice recorder. I've been meaning to do it for years, literally for years people! It's so helpful to have something to record my thoughts and ideas when I'm away for the computer, or that time right before I fall asleep where my mind goes into idea hyper-drive. So I want to know, what have you learned so far from NaNoWriMo? What has it taught you about yourself? If you're not doing NaNo, share some of your favorite writing tips!
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
Well, you did it. You've gone and pledged your November to the pursuit of the month-long novel. Whether this is your first or eleventh NaNoWriMo, we're thrilled to have you writing with us."
What have I gotten myself into? Well, this was my thinking....
What if I were to write something without constantly editing myself? What if the goal was quantity not quality? What if I ignored all my responsibilities- husband, house, children- and just wrote my little heart out? What if instead of writing a picture book, I wrote a 50,00 word YA novel that I could later edit and cut down to a reasonable length?
Are hormones making me crazy? You betcha! But does this actually make sense for me to do? Yes, it does. If I'm going to grow as a writer I have to challenge myself. What better way to do that than a 50,000 word, one-month writing marathon? National Novel Writing Month- take up your pen and join me!
Oct 6, 2009
Oct 4, 2009
- Whenever the slush pile starts to tip over is when the editorial staff starts to deal with it.
- Your ms has 20 seconds to impress an editor.
- It cost about $30,000 to bring a book to market; most books don’t make that money back.
- You are going to be rejected! Even award winners still have manuscripts rejected.
- Focus on your craft and the rest will follow.
- Only 2% of the slush pile is worth looking at.
- Focus on character. Let your character get in to trouble, don’t spare them pain and suffering. Your main character has to change- or why would the reader care?
- Your main character must want something! Their situation needs to get worse before it gets better. Put a fire under the feet of your main character!
- Keep moving the story forward.
- Make the reader laugh, make them cry- make them WAIT! Pull your reader along; don’t give it all away too soon.
- Chapters for novels: if one starts out positive, end it negative and vice versa.
- Don’t have more than three characters in the first chapter, you’ll lose the reader.
- Read like a chef eats, taste for the ingredients and how it was put together.
- Revision is like a quilt, rip it apart at the seams and redesign it.
- Read. Write. Repeat.
- KEEP THE FAITH!
* A picture of an actual slush pile that Tracie used in her power point. It scared me when I saw it!