Friday, August 28, 2009

What's Coming This Fall

August 28, 2009 Author Interviews coming soon!

This fall/winter I will be focusing on conducting interviews with children's authors.

First up for September will be first time book author, Wendy Townsend.

October will be veteran picture book author, Kay Winters, beloved by me for her Teeny Tiny Ghost books.

Other authors who you can look forward to meeting here are first time picture book author, Irene Bresznak, also Patricia Thomas, Anne Mazer, Lindsay Barrett George. I've really just begun to contact authors, so I'll be updating the list on a regular basis. Also some of these authors have agreed to donate an autographed copy of one of their titles to one of you! Stay tuned for details.

Don't worry, WRITERS, there will be lots of new writing prompts along the way. Write on!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Writing prompt -- sort of

August 6, 2009 Summery whimsy

Deadlines, schedules, appointments, housework, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, video games, t.v. Who has time to write? Read? Go for a walk? No one. We have to make the time to write or read or go for a walk, which probably means cutting out other things that we enjoy.

So here's a short writing assignment. Keep track of how you spend your time. Can you shave off a few minutes from Facebook time? E-mail or phone talk time? What things can you change to make more time to write? Make a place to write, too. Claim it. "This is my place to write."

Starting today, make your writing goal happen: "I will spend 20 minutes every day working on my book." Then sign your name. Or you can do what I do and set a certain number of pages as your goal. Showing up is 90% of the job. Story develops while you're writing. I'm off to draft some new pages of my own. Little by little the pages pile up; the book gets written.