Monday, March 22, 2010

Blogs Dedicated To Writing

Did you know that there are some stellar blogs out there that are specifically about writing? I am aware of a few of them. Here are the ones that I know of.
Nathan Bransford is a literary agent who gives all sorts of information about writing and publishing on his blog.
Cynthia Leitych Smith is a writer who has an agent. She shares a wealth of knowledge with readers who check out her blog called Cynsations.
Scott Rhodes has a blog called Scott Rhodes Writing Tools. He shares a bunch of free writing tools for your computer to aid with your writing.
Stacy Whitman's Grimoire is a blog done by a gal from Utah whose new imprint, Tu publishing was just purchased by Lee and Low books. Cool, eh. She has oodles of advice on things like writing, publishing and finding an agent.
Another great source for writing inspiration is The Utah Children's Writer's Blog. It is constantly updated with great information about writing topics by talented writers.
You will find these blogs listed under Links for Children's Writer's in the right hand column of my blog if you want to check them out or copy them to your own blog.
Well, I shared mine. Do you have any writing blogs that you enjoy. I'd love to hear about them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where do they get this stuff?

This morning I took a look at my twelve-year-old and told him I thought it was time for a hair cut. He turned to me and said, "A really good hair cut can change your DNA and make you truly sexy fine."
How do you respond to that. The kid is twelve. And where did he come up with that line.
As to what to do with it, I say, write it down. Save it for a writing reference. Use it as an idea to start a story or build a character. It's too precious to let fizzle.
Kids say stuff all the time that you can work with. When one of my kids was about three he was eating his breakfast and he looked up and said, "Mom, who invented fried eggs." I made up a story about a caveman accidentally dropping a pterodactyl egg on a hot rock and he was happy.
Are you taking advantage of your kids when you take their lines or questions and use them to further your writing? According to my husband, it doesn't matter. We only had them so we would have some one else around to do the dishes.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What do you do with words that inspire you?

So what do you do when you are reading along and you find a passage that just sings to you. In the past, I would have just thought, wow, I want to write like that. After talking to a friend of mine, I know what I would do now.
When Karen finds a line or a scene that touches her that way, she writes it down. She doesn't ignore it, she dedicates a little time to it. She told me if the writing was that good, she wanted to remember how it was written. In writing it down, she does two things. She keeps a copy of writing that inspires her, and she studies how the words were written.
Smart girl.
Thanks for the tip, Karen. If your goal is to write as well as some of the authors whose books you simply breathe in, could be a notebook of words that inspire you might be the way to go.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Where do I go from here?

This is it. Stories for Children Magazine has officially printed its last issue. Ouch. I feel so lost. These guys were my life-line. I was getting an art assignment a month from them and now I feel set adrift.
My last assignment was an illustration of a girl playing volleyball for a youth poem. You can see it posted on my blog.
I will miss the challenge of having a new story, article or poem to inspire me.
So what do I do, now that I no longer have SFC? I do have an illustrated picture book that has been on the back burner waiting to be finished. Perhaps now is the time to dust it off and see what I can do with it. I have posted a sketch from one of the pages on my blog above the volleyball picture. What do you think? Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil? What medium would you use, and would you make any changes?
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