Authors, Blog, Conferences, Writing

Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

"Writing is such a diverse field with so many options and possibilities, it’s easy to choose the route with the immediate payoff, or the one that best strokes your ego, but if they don’t get you closer to what you want most, then it’s not worth your time." -- author Jennifer Nielsen I love this quote… Continue reading Make writing worth your time, says Jennifer Nielsen

Authors, Blog, Motivation, Writing

Eight Ways to Keep Up Your Writing Momentum with Anna Staniszewski

Today I'm thrilled to have a guest post by Anna Staniszewski, author of My Very Unfairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and the latest, My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending (check out the trailer below). Anna's got another series starting in January, The Dirt Diary. With all those words in print,… Continue reading Eight Ways to Keep Up Your Writing Momentum with Anna Staniszewski

Blog, Conferences, Writing

Inspiration at the Austin SCBWI Conference

At the Austin SCBWI conference last weekend, author/illustrator E.B. Lewis pointed out that writers and and illustrators are the same people, all trying to create art the captures peoples' imagination. Whether we're using paint or words, we're both making pictures that tell stories. And those stories have to have a few things to be successful:… Continue reading Inspiration at the Austin SCBWI Conference

Agents, Blog, Writing

Character and new agent Alexandra Penfold

In her first event as an agent, former Simon & Schuster editor Alexandra Penfold spent a weekend teaching writers about character, and I was thrilled to be among them. After an impressive career in book publishing, Alexandra moved to the other side of the desk this year, accepting an agenting position at Upstart Crow Literary.… Continue reading Character and new agent Alexandra Penfold

Blog, Writing

To Outline or Not to Outline, Part 5

The wonderful Jessica Lee Anderson is my guest today in my To Outline or Not to Outline blog debate. Jessica has written five books, two nonfiction (What Is A Living Thing? and Presidential Pets) and two novels for teens (Border Crossing and Trudy). Her newest teen novel, Calli, arrives in September. Like, P.J. Hoover, Jessica… Continue reading To Outline or Not to Outline, Part 5