Blogging at 4RV Blog

 

It’s my Wednesday to blog over at 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News. Today the topic is expecting the unexpected. How to tackle those little unexpected wrinkles in your carefully laid out plan that can create stress. Check it out at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2018/08/expect-unexpected.html

2018 Goals Update

 

It’s time to review my writing goals for the year. I fear I’ll be sadly disappointed, but work and family come first.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to agents

Not yet. Deadline was February 15 and I haven’t really driven into that one. I’ve participated in Picture Book Pitch on Twitter, but nothing further. I’ll need to go back and look at that hashtag “PBPitch” to see if I can get some ideas of appropriate agents.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Did this in January and won.

GOAL 3: Blog twice a week on all four blogs

When I am busy with work these get neglected, but at least two of the four stay regularly updated. I also added contributing to the 4RV blog twice a month and also contribute to Christian Children’s Authors.

GOAL 4: Guest blog at least once a quarter

Since I had a virtual book tour for Amos Faces His Bully  I did a bunch of guest blogging. I’ll probably set up another book tour in November.

GOAL 5: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids this year

Looks like my best hope is the December issue.

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

I’ve been polishing the earlier chapters a bit based upon feedback from my local writers group and my critique partner. I’m in the middle of Chapter 20 now. 🙂

Overall, not a bad effort. What are some of your goals? Do you review them quarterly? How do you stay on track?

STORYSTORM Winner and Goal Updates

 

Don’t think I ever announced that I completed STORYSTORM in January. By the end of the 31 days, I had 31 ideas to reconsider and figure out which ones I would work on this year. Some of the most promising are juvenile or cozy mysteries, a few new Beatrice and Charlotte adventures, and an Easter story.

Even though it’s early, I’ll use this time to review my writing goals.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to agents

Deadline on this was February 15, so I didn’t make it. Still a top priority on my list. Might be able to research a couple of agents this month.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Done and won!!!!

GOAL 3: Blog twice a week on all four blogs

Not doing too badly on this. Until we went on vacation mid-February I was staying on top of this. I’m already set to blog at all four blogs this week.

GOAL 4: Guest blog at least once a quarter

I need to get this in soon. I guest blogged in December 2017, but not so far this year.

GOAL 5: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids this year

I’m considering a contribution to the August, September, October or December issues.

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

I’m into the middle of Chapter 18 now. I’ve been using writing group time to move the story along. In addition, while we were away, I wrote an emotional scene that will change Amelia’s life.

Here’s looking forward to the next quarter of 2018 and what I can accomplish. Feel free to share some of your goals with us. We would love to hear them.

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