Book Signing at Holy Spirit

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book signingBook Four! Sucked into Cyberspace. I’m finished. Writing is exhausting and exciting at the same time. Looking back on the journey I’ve made, the predominent feeling is definitely exhaustion. That’s until you get a chance to take your paperback to a book signing or author night. What a rush! I’d have to say, the most exciting part was seeing the line of young people lining up to buy my book. Needless to say, I sold out. Thanks to everyone who made my dream a reality. And thanks to Holy Spirit for allowing me to come and share my work.

Oh the Pain

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SnoopyWriting“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

If you’ve ever had the urge to write and get a story out of your system or tell the world about an important topic, then you know the pain. The ideas of your untold story ruminate inside you until the urge to share overwhelms you. You do have a choice. You must sit down and write.

On Writing

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rewriteI’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

Of all the writing quotes, this one speaks volumes to me about the persistence of the writing craft. It’s my new favorite quote. I’ve often told friends that I’m acually not a great writer, but I’m persistent. I think most writers feel this way from time to time.

The Writing Craft

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I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

Of all the writing quotes, this one speaks volumes to me about the persistence of the writing craft. It’s my new favorite quote. I’ve often told friends that I’m acually not a great writer, but I’m persistent. I think most writers feel this way from time to time.

Writer’s Block

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7e1de-sevenbasicplotsWriting fiction or nonfiction is not for the faint hearted. It takes discipline, determination, a lot of time, good ideas, and of course–talent.

Like many writers, I have a hard time finishing writing projects. When I say writing project, you know that statement can be relative. Truth be told, I have a lot of irons in the fire as most writers do. I have a middle grade novella done that is resting, an early reader chapter book finished and waiting on pictures, and many other writing projects surging through my consciousness. But the current project has taken longer to get started than I anticipated. I usually get stuck on one aspect of the story and this manuscript is no exception, but my persistent gene will not let me down. Pushing aside the subtlety, I’m still working on what the character wants. In the draft I’m writing, the main character loves adventures because of a prize at the end.

How do you handle writer’s block? What are some of your tricks?

Here are some tips I’ve found that work for me. The idea is to get your brain working and to stop the cycle of writer’s block.

1. Go for a walk or exercise

2. Talk it out with a friend

3. Evaluate your plot plan

4. Develop your character’s backstory

5. Write anything

6. Research an aspect of your story

 

 

Writing for Children

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One of my passions in life is writing for children. The itch to write started when I was in college taking classes to become a teacher. I decided that I wanted to do a bit of writing for myself. Up to that point I’d written a lot of lessons, papers, and done exercises, but for teachers and classes. That was when the words started flowing and the genre was children’s literature.

Many years later, I find myself writing fiction for children. Now I have a blog and website, a pen-name, a few books to my credit, and even a few speaking engagements. There’s nothing quite like writing for children because most young children love to read. Reading is just part of what you do when you’re growing up. The other thrill about writing for children is that kids love unusual stories and wacky characters.

My newest story is called Dot and Scribble Fall into AdventurePicture 2A final

Hudson rubbed his eyes and looked again at the strange looking stick girl, who definitely was not his mother. Then he looked at his hands—gloves. He stretched out his long arms and clumsy legs through the branches and leaves. He had landed in a tree. Hudson grabbed for anything and held on.

The realization hit him. Somehow, he’d fallen into his own picture. But who was he? What was he?

“You come down here right now, Scribble,” the stick girl ordered.

“Did you just call me Scribble?” Hudson asked.

“Yes, I called you Scribble, and my name is Dot.”

“No way.”

Dot stomped her foot. “You come down, this instant.”

Hudson, now Scribble, shook his head. Was he really a stick boy up a tree? Was he really about to take orders from a bossy stick girl named Dot?

“I’m not gonna fall,” he said.

“I’m warning you.”

“I’m fine,” Scribble said, lifting up his hands.

The next few moments happened too fast for him to react. First, he heard the crack of the limb, and then he was falling to meet the ground.

Boosh!

 

Adventure

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On adventure. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” ~ Ovid

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”~ Michael Althsuler

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~ Yogi Berra

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” ~ John Steinbeck

“When you fall into an adventure, you never know where you’re gonna land.” -Scribble, from Dot and Scribble Fall into Adventure.

“The journey not the arrival matters.” ~ T. S. Eliot

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