Category Archives: Writing & Drawing Exercises

50 Ways to Gather Book Ideas | Third Thursday #SCBWIsocial Blog Link Up

Okay. Don’t panic, but for those of us who plan on participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month,) … we only have 46 days until it begins. Well, 47 if we count today. (I’m totally counting today.) Perhaps 47 days … Continue reading

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Creating Picture Books

Well, this is the last day of June, and our theme this month has been Picture Books, so I thought I’d write about my understanding of how to create in this genre. I joined the SCBWI in 2003, and it … Continue reading

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Illustration Inspiration Two

Illustrators, I wrote about a couple of ways to get your creative juices flowing in Tuesday’s post, and want to continue that discussion. I mentioned looking at books by illustrators you admire, but there are also other ways to motivate … Continue reading

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Preparation for Illustration

Happy Friday, everyone! In the interests of getting ready for next month’s NaNoWriMo/PiBoIdMo, I thought there might be interest in one of the aspects of children’s book illustrating: specifically, the research an illustrator does for a non-fiction  picture book.

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Summer Writing Prompts

“I enjoy, in the summer, getting back to writing in my own voice.” –Mike O’Brien I really like this quote, since summer is such a lovely time to relax, renew, and think about what truly makes you happy, as a … Continue reading

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What A Character!

Hello everyone, I hope you are staying cool through this mid-June heatwave. In keeping with the picture book theme this month, let’s explore the very important element of character development. I’ve recently read a couple of helpful blog posts on … Continue reading

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Stimulating Creativity

If you are participating in PiBoIdMo, I hope you are having as much fun as I am with the challenge of coming up with a new picture book idea every day. I look over my growing list of ideas and … Continue reading

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Conference Tip: Perfecting your Book Pitch

I’ve been asked to dig up the following previously posted article on book pitches for those who might need a little help before this weekend’s Spring: Nature’s Revised Draft conference! Of course it wouldn’t be if I didn’t give it some tweaks … Continue reading

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Camp NaNoWriMo anyone?

There are three things I’ve always wanted to do, three things that I view as extremely hard or partially impossible: Running a full marathon. Finishing P90X, a fitness program that’s been on my resolutions list for … oh, at least six years. And … Continue reading

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Getting Back in the Writing Bubble

If you could see me right now, you’d know that I’m in a coffee shop, sitting opposite of Jeri Smith-Ready who is intently writing judging by how she has both her ear buds in. (We have a policy: No ear buds means we … Continue reading

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