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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

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My first writing conference — organizing

I've said on this blog numerous times that I'm a HUGE fan of writing conferences. When I took on the Regional Advisor job for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, I wanted to honor the organizers of all the wonderful conferences I've been to over the years and put… Continue reading My first writing conference — organizing

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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

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Why Writing Conferences Are Priceless

Writing is solitary. Just us with a computer and a head of ideas. But we're not really alone. And going to a writing conference is a wonderful way to celebrate that. Of course, seminars at writing conferences are great learning opportunities. Query letters, characters, plot, dialog — I've learned about all these at conferences. But… Continue reading Why Writing Conferences Are Priceless

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Austin SCBWI Conference: Definitely Something For Everybody

I spent last weekend at the Austin SCBWI conference, and reafirmed my understanding of why going to events like these are so good for writers. I was there in a volunteer capacity, helping to organize the critiques and make sure they went smoothly for all participants. On that front, it was wonderful to see the… Continue reading Austin SCBWI Conference: Definitely Something For Everybody