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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Author Interviews: Let the Nominations Begin

It's been awhile since I last posted and I fear you've all forgotten about me. The holidays put a damper on any of my creative abilities and my writing was put on hold. But now, ideas abound! I've been making up for lost time and putting the finishing touches on my manuscript. I've even started a new WIP! These projects make me happy, which means I'll be writing more and blogging less (for a short time).

In the hopes you'll forgive me, please know there are author spotlights in the works! I've lined up a few authors and will be contacting more writers to schedule in the calendar.

Let me ask you...do you have a favorite author you'd like to see interviewed? This is your opportunity to nominate someone by March 12th. I'll consider your Picture Book/Middle Grade/Young Adult writer nominations and will read their books before selecting the next group of authors.

NOTE 1: I can't promise every writer nominated will be contacted, nor, can I guarantee that an author will even be interested. But, there may be a prize once I go through all the nominations!

NOTE 2: Please keep in mind, any self-promotion will be deleted.

The floor is yours. Nominate a favorite PB/MG/YA writer by March 12th! Thank you.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Mapping Out Writing Time: Write-a-Scene Writing Prompts

I thought I'd put this question out there. As of right now, I've put together 30 Write-a-Scene Writing Prompts for your writing pleasure.

Are you interested in seeing more of these or have you had your fill?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Day 30: Mapping Out Writing Time: How Much Baggage Do You Need To Get Rid Of To Move Forward?

I've written about this before, and thought this topic would make a good reminder and great Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt.

As we grow older, most of us carry around baggage in one form another. Maybe it's a childhood friend whispering behind our back, "She'ssoweirdlet'sditchher," and believing everyone will believe the same thing. A guilt we have from the way we betrayed someone. An old boyfriend we quite can't forget because of the sweet words he whispered, even though he dumped us for a prettier girl. Wondering whether we will ever be somebody special because in high school we were destined to be the someone people teased. Cringing that we ever thought we were ALL THAT in high school because our lives didn't turn out to be the way we imagined it would be. Or the tears we shed for a loved one, of the treasures we keep because we're not quite ready to say goodbye. Or the public manner where the baggage of the beautiful, rich, famous, smartest, and accomplished are thrown about for the world to see. I'm sure you can think of more scenarios, all good fodder for trips down memory lane or a good writing rampage.

Whatever the cause of the baggage, the only way to move ahead is to get rid of the problem, not bury it away to crop up another time. Throw things away. Clean up your clutter. Write what's holding you back on strips of paper. Create a special ceremony to burn all those negative things away. Shout out from the rooftops how incredible you are. Face the music. Don't hide behind others. Have a heart-to-heart, believe in your goodness and dreams, don't let the naysayers get in your way.

How much baggage do you need to get rid of before you can move forward? Think on this for a bit. Get rid of your character's baggage (and yours!). Move forward. It'll be good for you.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: When characters grow or suffer from their experiences, it adds depth and complexity to their personalities--it makes them human. How will they grow and heal? Do they need to get rid of physical objects or change an attitude? Is it through an argument or a heart-to-heart? Or, are they in a position where they can't let go and are forced to live miserably in the past, wondering why this happened to them, dwelling on the what if's?

What kind of baggage is holding your protagonist back?

Write a scene where your MC figures out the Aha! moment so he can move forward in his story. Ramp up the angst, emotion and conflict--you're going to need every bit of sweat and tears you can bring to the story. Add depth and complexity to your MC. This, my friends, will help your readers identify with your characters.

Have fun writing!

Monday, February 1, 2010

readergirlz: February is the Month of Resilience and Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Please welcome Sharon M. Draper, author of COPPER SUN and more, to readergirlz. Check out the buzz on this month's readergirlz issue.

We'll be chatting with Ms. Draper on February 17th at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST over at the readergirlz blog and hope you'll stop by!

Looking for what to read next? Here's what the Postergirlz recommended:

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
Touching Snow by M Sindy Felin
Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton
The Bite of Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland