Category Personal Growth Writing

OUR LAST BACKWARD GLANCE TOWARD SUMMER…AND FIREFLIES.

OUR LAST BACKWARD GLANCE TOWARD SUMMER…AND FIREFLIES.

True, Labor Day is in the rearview mirror. And the new school has begun. But…before we wave bye-bye
to summer, I’d like to take time to re-post a 2013 interview. So, let’s turn back time and re-visit my
chat with children’s author/illustrator extraordinaire, Betsy Snyder (www.betsysnyder.com). Betsy is
the artist responsible for those drop-dead-gorgeous visions of a summer night, a little girl and fireflies in
our book, IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT.

Originally available only in hardcover, it has been released this summer in a paperback version from Blue
Apple Books (ISBN 978-1-65905-618-6). The interview originally appeared in Rob Sanders’ outstanding
blog, PICTURE THIS! (robsanderswrites.blogspot.com)...

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3…2…1 – You’re on the Air!

3…2…1 – You’re on the Air!

MicrophoneEver listened to a podcast or a radio interview and wondered, what it’s like to be a guest?  Is it scary or fun?  Is it live or recorded?  What’s the proper attire for the occasion?  Etiquette?  And so on.

Since I’ve had the pleasure of doing such things to promote my books for about fifteen years now, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes peek at how these interviews work, and how YOU can prepare for them when you are invited to speak with a radio or podcast host about your newly-published book.

The first tip is to relax!  Flip your thoughts sideways to the FUN setting.  Your host wants you to succeed.  The listeners want to be entertained...

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BEATING WRITER’S BLOCK WITH A NEW TOOL:  TRANSCRIPTION!  

BEATING WRITER’S BLOCK WITH A NEW TOOL:  TRANSCRIPTION!  writer with writers block

Writer’s block is something writers have had to face over the ages.  It’s the fear of a blank page.  The fear of having nothing to say.  The fear that your execution of plot, imagery, characterization, and language will not live up to your inner vision or outer expectations.  The Writer’s Block First Aid Kit has always had good suggestions on ways to coax back your Muse, including the method of dictating a story rather than writing it down.  We are, after all, story TELLERS not story writers.  Telling your story to a scribe encourages spontaneity and authentic voice, proponents say.   Literary luminaries such as Milton, Dostoyevsky, Winston Churchill, Thomas Aquinas, and Earle Stanley Gardner used archaic forms of this method...

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WRITERS ON WRITING: QUOTES FROM THE FAMOUS AND NOT-SO-FAMOUS

WRITERS ON WRITING: QUOTES FROM THE FAMOUS AND NOT-SO-FAMOUS

“Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.”

Jane Smiley

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

Stephen King

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

Ernest Hemingway

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

Herman Melville

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”

Henry David Thoreau

“My own experience is that once a sto...

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MAY YOUR WISHES FOR NEW VISION AND INSPIRATION COME TRUE!

MAY YOUR WISHES FOR NEW VISION AND INSPIRATION COME TRUE!

Every new year brings with it creative resolutions: to work smarter, to delve deeper, to tap fresh inspiration whenever we touch the pen or paintbrush.  As much as I wish an ‘inspiration fairy’ with a magic wand existed out there…the truth is that we creative types need to be our own fairy godmothers.

First, connect with other creative people to build a support network, if you do not already have one.  Join a critique group. You will never regret time spent with like-minded people who are passionate about writing great books for children.  If you are already in possession of a cheerleading squad, double down on your commitment to lifting them up as they in turn lift you.

Learn to be your own cheerleader, too...

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One Writer’s Motivation

One Writer’s Motivation

WHY ARE YOU A WRITER? ONE WRITER’S ANSWER.
This article first appeared in the FWA (Florida Writers Association) member blog, March 2010.

As a freelance writer/children’s author who often speaks to groups, and has done a lot of signings over the past twelve years of publication, a question I’m often asked is:  how do you stay motivated to keep writing daily?

A good question, in good times.  After all:  no boss looking over the shoulder, no fixed deadlines for project completion (other than those imposed by myself), no guarantee of a paycheck for a book manuscript when it is completed...

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