STORYSTORM 2018 Update

 

In case you forgot, STORYSTORM, founded by Tara Lazar is taking place this month. If you’ve never participated in STORYSTORM, I encourage you to consider it for next year. I’ve been providing updates as I’ve moved along this month. I am happy to say that I finished STORYSTORM a few days early. And just to prove I’m a bit of an overachiever, I went with 31 ideas instead of 30.

Next month I’ll take these ideas on vacation with me and comb through to see what’s worth working on and what might have to stay hidden for a while until it rattles around in my brain some more. There might even be some that just need to hit the trash bin.

Did you participate in STORYSTORM this year? How are you doing?

 

Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine

If you’re looking for a great book to teach you about writing, pick up a copy of Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine.

Best known for Ella Enchanted, Levine shares her wealth of experience with young writers. With helpful advice on beginnings and endings, writing dialogue, shaping characters, when to show and when to tell, how to come up with ideas and more this will become an often referred to resource. The chapters are short enough to be digested in one sitting and followed up with a writing exercise to illustrate the point. Even as a seasoned writer I found these exercises worthwhile. If you have an interest in writing, Writing Magic should be on your “TBR” list.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3 – 6
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (December 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006236717X
ISBN-13: 978-0062367174

 

I borrowed this book from our local library. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

STORYSTORM 2018 Update

 

In case you forgot, STORYSTORM, founded by Tara Lazar is taking place this month. If you’ve never participated in STORYSTORM, I encourage you to consider it for next year. As I’ve said before, it’s been responsible for two of my published books and I also have several others in various stages of editing and one manuscript I’m going to pitch to an agent this year.

We are 21 days into STORYSTORM and I am excited to say I have 21 ideas listed on  my spreadsheet. We are in the home stretch now. I can feel victory on my horizon.

Are you participating in STORYSTORM? How are you doing?

Author Hank Quense’s Writing Workshop for Elementary Age Students

Author Hank Quense realizes the importance of learning to write stories from an early age. In the years he’s been speaking in schools, he’s discovered one of the stumbling blocks kids encounter is how to develop the ideas necessary to create the story. They need ideas on character development, story setting and plot. Another challenge, he says, is how to incorporate all those ideas into the story.

Using a new software program called Padlet, Hank has recorded a talk in a series of short video clips and has put them and the supporting information onto a single web page. The webpage has no ads and videos are free to watch. You can check out the webpage at https://padlet.com/hanque/wwx4s8qsm9zw  This workshop is geared toward students grades 4 to 7.

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He also writes about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 18 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. Find Hank online at http://strangeworldspublishing.com/wp and http://hank-quense.com/wp You can also visit his Amazon page at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM76IE

STORYSTORM 2018 Update

 

In case you forgot, STORYSTORM, founded by Tara Lazar is taking place this month. In the past, I’ve posted my ideas here. I’m trying something different this year and simply keeping a spreadsheet of my ideas and posting updates at the blog.

Today makes 12 days that we are into this annual event. Believe it or not, I’ve managed to come up with 12 ideas already. I’m struggling, because tired brains don’t think well. Some of the ideas I will probably end up tossing when I get around to reviewing them. The nice thing is that each day a different guest blogger is featured at Tara’s blog to give us a healthy dose of inspiration.

Are you participating in STORYSTORM? Any other events you plan to participate in this year?

STORYSTORM 2018 Update

 

In case you forgot, STORYSTORM, founded by Tara Lazar is taking place this month. In the past, I’ve posted my ideas here. I’m trying something different this year and simply keeping a spreadsheet of my ideas and posting updates at the blog.

We are six days into STORYSTORM and I have six ideas on the spreadsheet–all mysteries of one kind or another. I’m excited about this annual event because it has given me countless ideas and led to a published book. one under contract, and one I am going to be querying agents with. I also have several picture books finished or in the editing stage. Here’s hoping I can keep up this pace and stay on track.

Are you participating this year? If so, how’s it going so far?

2018 Writing Goals

 

Happy New Year! Tomorrow it is back to school and work for everyone–actually, I’ve been working off and on since the day after Christmas–and it’s time to set some goals for 2018. A few of these goals will be carry overs from 2017, but that’s okay. I still made some great progress last year.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to agents

This is my most recent story. It was a Picture Book Idea Month (now STORYSTORM) idea that I was finally able to iron out the details of and write down thanks to my writing group.  Not thrilled with the title (titles have never been my strength) but totally in love with the story. It appears in good shape, so I plan to shop it around and see if I can’t get any bites on it. (Smaller goal is to research at least three children’s agents by February 15, 2018 and see who might be the best fit.)

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Just started today. No more logging ideas on my blog, but I’ll provide a weekly update. I’ve managed this challenge more than once. It has lead to one published book, another due to be released this year, and the story above. I also have several other partially written or waiting to be edited stories in the works thanks to this annual event. Can’t wait to see what this year brings.

GOAL 3: Blog twice a week on all four blogs

In addition to this site, there’s The Book Connection, An Imperfect Christian Mom, and Books Can Be Deadly. This seems manageable and not too overwhelming with my work schedule. I’m doing my best not to make my mommy blog only about books. There is so much more I would like to share there. I blog twice a month at Christian Children’s Authors. (Smaller goal is to set up my calendar a month in advance and log in two days a week for blogging.)

GOAL 4: Guest blog at least once a quarter

I love guest blogging on other people’s sites. I’m going to be reaching out to friends via email and social media to see who will host me. I’m always willing to return the favor. (Smaller goal is to reach out to fellow bloggers within the next two weeks to see about getting on their schedules.)

GOAL 5: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids this year

I’ve wanted to do this for a while. Guardian Angel Publishing has been so wonderful to me. I must make time to return the favor by supporting their online magazine. This was a goal from last year and I want to make it a reality this year. (Smaller goal is to research all themes by January 31, 2018 and see which issue I would like to contribute toward.)

GOAL 6: Finish Amelia’s Mission and get it ready for submission

I’m seventeen chapters in. This will be my project at all my writing group meetings this year. Amelia is away at school now and has met a good friend. She also has encountered some mean girls who are out to make life miserable. She’s still pondering Aunt Martha’s secret and what she should do about it. (Smaller goal is to attend all monthly meetings.)