Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Three Things Wednesday

1. Yes, I think we should make the rest of April Marathon Month. I can only do it a few days of each week but I love the idea. I’m going back to Ann Dee’s post and see what you all said to her. I hope you didn’t make fun of her because she is waaaaaay pregnant.

2. There are only a  few spots left in the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference morning sessions and lots of places in the afternoon sessions. This year’s faculty include Martine Leavitt, Holly Black, Kathleen Duey, Sharlee Glenn, Kristyn Crowe  plus lots others plus plus two editors and an agent ALL looking for  a terrific book to publish (and maybe YOU wrote it!). Go here to see more (www.wifyr.com)

3. Have you heard of that one girl who makes something new (like a pretty dress) out of something old (like an ugly dress) every single live long day???????

We should do that with our writing.

Every day, for the rest of this month, make something new from what you are working on.

Here are some suggestions how:

* go from first person to third

* write your novel into a picture book

* change your main character from a boy to a girl (or vice versa)

* add an element of magical realism

* rewrite your first line so that it can’t be any stronger but so that it feels completely natural

* See what happens when you shake things up and make your prose poetry


Just a few ideas. I’m not suggesting that you do an entire work in a changed way–just a page or two as a writing exercise. See if this sparks your creativity.

And we’d love to see your changes here. 🙂


Now I am off to:

finish this one book

send it off to my agent

talk to my editor

pack a bunch of boxes

move them to the storage unit

grade papers

prepare for Idaho

exercise some

hugs my girls lots

and lots

and LOTS!


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