I admit that I wasn’t feeling my best at this year’s spring conference. A nasty case of bronchitis sapped my energy and left me recovering for weeks. But, one of my goals was to ask members about our blog, As the Eraser Burns. We are always looking for ways to reach out to the SCBWI community and enrich the content that we provide for you.
After speaking with several conference attendees, it was brought to our attention that many members would like to see more posts about the resources that we find useful.
In the way of websites and blogs, I like:
http://www.literaryrambles.com/ This is a great blog that spotlights children’s books, authors, agents, and all things publishing. It has great advice about submitting work and current trends in the market.
http://writerunboxed.com/ This blog covers all things related to the craft of writing and fiction. I really like the personal quality of the posts. It is nice to hear that other artists sometimes struggle in their journey, too.
http://taralazar.com/ Writing for Kids While Raising them is an incredible blog chocked full of useful information. How lucky we were to have Tara Lazar at this year’s conference. Her blog is a wealth of information for picture book writers and anyone interested in the craft of writing.
http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.com/ The site of an anonymous editor who provides great advice. Really, you don’t want to miss it.
http://www.sarahdmaynard.com/p/localish-events.html And, another valuable resource comes from our own regional member, Sarah Maynard. On her website, you will find her 2014 Local Book Festival Calendar. There are a lot of interesting upcoming book events in our area. Check them out.
Some books that I have found helpful:
Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need– Blake Snyder
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step by Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling– James N. Frey
Writing the Breakout Novel- Donald Maass
The Emotion Thesaurus:A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression– Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
I write young adult fiction- as my favorite resources may reflect. If you have a great resource, please feel free to comment on this post. I have only selected a few of my favorites and I know there are so many good tools/resources out there. As we are a sharing community, I urge you to comment about your favorite blogs, websites, books, and writing tools and/or methods. Let’s start a conversation about the crafts of writing and illustrating. You never know when something you share will inspire others on their artistic journey.