Monday, October 8, 2018

The Next Level Up

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner celebrating the joint venture between SCBWI and North Dakota's Indian Education Program for Books for Readers. The speaker that evening was Newbery medal winner, Linda Sue Park! I'm so glad I was able to hear about her writing process, and questions to ask ourselves as writers. Here are some of my hastily scribbled notes:

When considering whether or nor to start writing a particular story, ask if it would be an interest or a passion for us. A passion might include elements of our own identity and time we have deeply invested in something that we wish to explore more, while an interest will not last.

Also, consider whether the subject of the story (especially sensitive topics like writing about a different cultural identity) is one where you are well-informed and would feel appropriate sitting at "the kitchen table" rather than at the more formal "dining table." In other words, consider the  relationship and level of familiarity you have with the subject matter.

I was especially grateful for Park's discussion of habit in her writing. She trained herself to write 200 words every day (though sometimes that may mean 5 days instead of 7, because, life!), but the point is every day she has the goal of writing 200 words. She also emphasized the importance of teaching others that your writing time is work even when it is at home and should be respected as work time.

As writers, we should think about how we would work on our craft in "the next level up," and write as if we had already reached that professional level to have a chance of making it there. In essence, treat our writing goals and craft with the rigor of professionalism!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New Paperback Cover for Iffy Magic

So Iffy Magic has a new paperback cover:

As I received a lot of positive feedback about Audrey Bagley's beautiful wanted poster, I chose to turn it into the new paperback cover.

The original lovely cover is still available with the ebook!

Friday, September 21, 2018

New Adventure! Joining SCBWI

Despite my ability to engage in a seemingly never-ending stream of effervescent babble, I am actually quite shy. Pair that trait with chronic procrastination and it is all too easy to socially isolate oneself.

Well, I finally decided to challenge my comfort zone! I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and attended the first meeting of my local chapter. I am really excited to engage in critique groups, try out webinars and explore all the SCBWI's resources. I also found out I can submit Stealing the Dark Moon for consideration for a Spark Award; why not!

In the words of Paulo Coelho, “If you aren’t pushing your limits, you aren’t going far enough, and you still don’t know who you are.” 

Here's to new adventures!