Saturday, January 4, 2014

Writing Tips

Whew! The holidays are over. Hope you enjoyed your family as much as I did mine. Now back to writing and all the possibilities that 2014 will bring. And to get you started, here is a post by Brian Klems on the Writer’s Digest blog listing “62 of the top writing articles from 2013 (that can help you in 2014).” Listed are articles on grammar, writing better fiction, writing better characters, query letters, freelance writing, inspiration for writers, publishing, and many, many more. Be sure to take a look at some of these. 
Already my schedule is filling up with school visits, author panels, and presentations. Plus SCBWI writers’ conferences and workshops in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas, are just around the corner. But the most important thing is to focus and make time for writing.
I went through some of my notes from the 2013 summer SCBWI conference in Los Angeles. Here are some reminders. I wish you the best in 2014! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Write every single day.
Kill the committee (boogy man).
Writing is rewriting.
Less is more.
Short is good. (5-8 pages on first chapter)
Be vulnerable – willing to go there.
Go to PAIN.
Don’t think about your writing – JUST WRITE!
Have fun!

“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” – Bill Wheeler

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