From Light Bulb to Keyboard: Ann McCallum

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather. 🙂

Ann McCallum is with us today to share her process for taking that great idea and making it a reality.


A native of Canada, Ann is a world traveler and teacher. She is the author of  EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS and other books about math.


You’ve just been inspired with a fantastic, breathtaking idea for a novel. What’s your next step?

I will get out a brand-new, pretty notebook (I have a few on-hand at all times). I will start brainstorming with pen and paper. I might write the first couple of sentences—new sentences are always exciting. I might write some character traits. If it’s non-fiction, I write the table of contents. It’s helpful to have a rough outline before I get to the computer, but sometimes I am impatient to start so I do the outline after the first few pages are written.

Thanks for the insight, Ann!

Happy writing and drawing! 🙂

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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