ABC Reminder and Random Pearls: Michelle Ray

Happy Tuesday, friends! Only eight days until Halloween, can you believe it? This year is literally flying by! The chimney sweep is working on my wood stove as I write this, so there’s no denying it…winter is around the corner.

I’ve got a couple of treats for you, so let’s get to it!

The first is Laura Bower’s ABC Event this Saturday, October 27 at  2:00 pm at the Damascus Library.

Our amazing co-blogger is an even more amazing YA author of the the recent release JUST FLIRT and BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT. To learn more about Laura, check out her pre-conference interview and her website, then hit the road to Damascus (sorry, couldn’t resist) and stop by for her talk. I promise it will be a treat!

Now for treat number two: Random Pearls, where we tap into what drives the success of published authors and illustrators, as well as agents.

Our inaugural contributor is Michelle Ray, author of the YA novel FALLING FOR HAMLET, who stopped by to offer a tidbit of wisdom.

Hi Michelle! They say that to become successful, you should study the habits and philosophies of those in your field who are already successful. Other than writing every day, what unique work habits or philosophies do you possess that makes you excel?

Don’t be afraid to act a scene or conversation out. I often play all the parts in my work in progress, and I really get into it. Granted, my theater background helps me feel less self-conscious than others might feel about gesturing and pacing and crying, but I say, give it a whirl! I do try to wait until others aren’t around, but if I’m in the car I consider that alone. What, I’m gonna see those people again? Haha. My husband has walked in as I’ve wept over a page or an invisible body on the ground, but he’s learned to just leave me alone.

If the acting/talking to yourself is to yourself is too “out there” try closing your eyes and typing the scene. Really picture it and hear it. You can fix the typos later. Let it flow.


And there you have it – a lovely pearl of advice.

Now get inspired and let it flow! Have a great day!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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