Every first Wednesday of the month, a group of writers get together (virtually) and blog about their insecurities on their writing journey. Together, we support each other and help (if we can) each other keep at it with hope in their heart and love in their soul, and... this suddenly got really sappy. Let's move on, shall we?
Each month, an optional question is posted at the IWSG website (which you should totally check out after you finish reading this post).
June's question is:
For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
and I answered it this way...
Note: This post will be updated as I roadtrip throughout the #AtoZChallenge's master list.
Updated as of: May 3, 2021
Happy May 1st! Now is the time we bloggers take a breather, look back, and decide what the heck we've done all month.
I did Zzzz in 2018, but I couldn't resist delving more into sleep. I find it so interesting that the letter Z stands for sleep.
When character says Yes, they could be anybody. But when a character says...
I'm reading a book right now that is kind of meh. I won't tell you the title or even what it's about, because it was written in 1957 and has been out of print since the 80's. But you got to wonder, “why is JEN reading a book that's so meh? Well, I'll tell you...
Why is probably the best question in the world.
Except my mom doesn't always think so.
Maybe she doesn't like how I ALWAYS ask it.
But why doesn't she like it so much?
There's a big difference between writing in verse and writing lyrical prose, but sometimes that difference is a little hard to pin down. For instance...
Actually, I have no idea what to write in this post. I just thought Unicorns and Underwear were funny.
Oh, I know! I'll pit picture books against each other and see which one I think is funnier.
Writers hear this all the time: “Show, Don't Tell”
This piece of advice is easier to apply to MG and YA, where the story is almost all text. But picture book authors need to keep this advice in mind, too.
Sarcasm: Well, this post is going to be just great.
Serious: It's is? So glad you think so! I think so, too!
Sarcasm: Are you serious?
Serious: Yes, funny you should mention that, since the reader can see our tags. But, what the hay, let's introduce ourselves! I'm Serious and this is Sarcasm. But we're not really doing a vs. post.
Sarcasm: That's what you think.
Writers need Readers. They need people who don't write books but love to read them. They also need people who write books and love to read them. But Writers and Readers approach reading books very differently.
When someone is quiet, it's easy to assume they are shy. But being quiet is different from being shy.
I feel this post needs a disclaimer of some sort.*
So, true story – a guy discovers Mod Pizza. If you like pizza and have never tried a restaurant like this, you should. You pick a crust (gluten-free options usually available!), then you choose from a salad bar of toppings. You pay the same price whether you put a lot or just a few toppings, so make it your own! Once they have the pizza just the way you want, they toss it into a open flame brick oven (not literally, I know this is a pizza joint, but they slide your pizza in carefully) and cook for a few minutes. Then they pull out your beautifully personalized pizza, and box it up for you.
I've often heard professionals say publishing is an industry of “No.”
What they mean is that for every “Yes,” there are literally thousands of “No”s.
Rejection is part of every stage of the publishing process.
#AtoZChallenge and Educated – A Book Review
SPOILER ALERT!!! This review has some spoilers, but it could also encourage you to want to read the book, so...
you have been warned.
I heard a second grader being taught about “Whole Body Listening” in school. It's the idea that you should use your entire body to listen. This includes:*
One of the challenges writers might run into is having characters that sound too old or too young. Here's one trick that might help.
Both of these words basically mean “WOW!”
So what's the diff?
OK, Brush, it's just me and you. If you are nice to me, then I'll be nice to-
When you're talking books, often these two genres get smashed together.
“Oh, don't you love my Fantasy/SciFi?”
OK, while some books are both genres, it's more of a spectrum than a category.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)