I'm sure that some of you authors-in-training are out there asking yourself this question and it is a legitimate one; especially if you have been chiseling away at your craft, learning the business, reading in your genre, watching Twitter posts and participating in a myriad of workshops, pitch wars and all that is the writing… Continue reading Why Keep Going?
One thing I have learned, and continue to learn, about putting together a manuscript is that it is not like writing a letter about something that happened to you or someone else. It is structured -- whether you intend to do so or not. It has a beginning, middle and end of course, but there… Continue reading Manuscripts: Focus, focus, focus
Well I'm back after being VE-R-R-R-Y busy the last 30 days. As you know, I completed Susanna Leonard Hill's PB class and now I am in Dashka Slater's PB class! (yes I am a glutton for PB punishment!). But get this, I am also writing an MG novel! Yep, it's a series called Halle Harris… Continue reading Middle Grade on a Mission!
Ok I must admit I've been pretty lame bringing you tidbits from the 30 day PB quest. I did get the book written and tweaking it now. In the meantime, I won an award for my cookbook I released in June! More on that in another blog! Anyway, I am working on a middle grade… Continue reading Off and Writing!
We are now at Lesson 12! I know...this is moving at lightning speed for me too. LOL. But so far we have basically covered the main elements and are now focusing on the story approach...the theme, purpose, etc. for the character. This has made me decide to re-write my book and give my character more… Continue reading In the home stretch…
I am SO behind in updating this blog about my PB lessons! We are already on #8 and we are being kept SO busy! So in a nutshell here's the skinny: #3 - We had to choose a setting (I already had mine) #4 - We focused on word count. HARD. My book is w-a-y… Continue reading Lessons and Lessons and Lessons Oh My!
In lesson two we are admonished to discover just what the real issues are in our PBs. We are to focus on the type of conflict our character might face by answering questions in our own childhood. such as our worst fears, our most memorable moments and things that made us angry or sad. It's… Continue reading Lesson 2 – what’s going on?
In just 4 days I embark on my 30 day whirlwind task of creating my first PB book! Follow me as I update this blog each day (or few days) during the month of August! I'm excited, are you???
Got up early this morning and started writing but not on my PB book. I started writing the intro I've been meaning to start for my MG (middle-grade) series, Halle Harris and the Truth Seekers. Halle is a young, inquisitive and stubborn 12-year-old-going-on-mature and she has a problem. It's going to get resolved of course… Continue reading They Just Had to Say It
My PB Teacher's WebsiteJust wanted you to know who will be teaching my picture book class for the 30 days in August. Check it out and find some good books for you children!