A Great Blog Post About Creativity

The High Existence Blog offers great resources for creators. Click on the link below to read the post. It will help you get going and keep working.

Have a Picture Book MS? Check This Out

Click on the link for information about how to create a winning entry for PB Pitch sessions on Twitter.


More resources for picture book writers and more about me.

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Places to Submit for Free

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Building a resume is important, but it’s hard when so many journals and small publications charge for submissions. Sign up for this newsletter and you will be notified of places to submit for free. It’s an inbox treasure.

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A Selection of Websites for Writers

The Write Life is a good site go get to know. It includes many excellent resources for writers. Here’s their 2020 list of websites. When you have time, cruise around and see which ones fit your needs.

https://thewritelife.com/best-websites-for-writers-2020/

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Get Into Your Writing Flow with a Personal Ritual

On this long-neglected blog, I’ve shared links to articles for writers. I wanted to keep them handy for myself and share them with others.

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I’ve had separate blogs for my own writing. In the coming weeks I’m going to revive this site and add in content from my other writing blogs. Moving forward, I will be posting here more regularly.

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I’ll start with an issue that’s been bothering me. Maybe it bothers you too. I’m having trouble getting started on my projects. I’ve tried challenges, goals, reminders, and schedules. Nothing seems to work. Here’s an old link that might be helpful for me. It might help you too. I hope so.

Click on the link for routines of famous writers.

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Writing Rituals: Routines and Strange Habits of Writers and Authors | Kellie Elmore.

Storystorm 2020 Day 30: The Big Dillustrators Will Get You Out of a Pickle

This post is chock full of great ways to capture the wild idea.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Tannie Smith, Becky Porter, Julia Mann and Kristin Wauson, “The Big Dillustrators”

Hi everyone! We are a critique group of four female illustrators in Austin, Texas. The best thing about having a critique group with specific goals and purpose, is the power and support we give each other to generate and grow new ideas. When we met to discuss what we wanted to share with you all, we discovered each one of us comes up with ideas in completely unique ways, so we thought we would share with you, not just one, but four different tools to inspire your storytelling all year. Enjoy!

 

Tannie Smith

Each of us is amazingly unique, not just in how we look, but also how we process information. I’m a visual person by nature. Taking endless notes or listening to lengthy explanations has never clicked with me. Just ask my husband anytime he…

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Storystorm 2020 Day 29: Jill Esbaum Knocks the Rust Off Her Receptor Antennae

Go a little crazy and jot down all your most absurd ideas.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Jill Esbaum

One little story idea per day. That’s all Storystorm asks.

Yet, in past years, I’ve petered out about January 18th-19th. Oh, I didn’t lack enthusiasm. I lacked discipline. Sooner or later my mind wanted to spin one of those sparkly new ideas into a story, and I let it. Then I got the teensiest bit obsessed, to the exclusion of everything else. My good intentions to make it to the 31st? Kaput. Sorry, Storystorm.

THIS YEAR, I made it. This year, I approached Storystorm not as a hopeful writer looking for a great new idea, but purely as playtime. Farting around. Romping through my brain’s weirder recesses.

Are the ideas I jotted far-fetched? Absurd? Impossibly lame? Yeah, baby. And woo-hoo! Because nobody cares. Nobody. For me, Storystorm is a way of knocking the rust from my receptor antennae so ideas can keep pinging in long beyond January…

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Storystorm 2020 Day 26: Laurie Wallmark Mixes and Matches

Lots of great ways to get ideas when you are stuck.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Laurie Wallmark

When I talk to kids, I tell them books have origin stories just like superheroes do. Nothing like mentioning Wonder Woman or Black Panther to get kids excited. Once I have their attention, and now that I have yours, I talk about four methods of coming up with ideas for a story. Most of the time, my story ideas come from a combination of these approaches.

My first method is follow your passion. As many of you know, I write picture book biographies of [dead] women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Just to be clear, the dead part isn’t my passion, just my preference in choosing a subject. I do, though, love science and math. It’s also important to me that children know that no matter their sex, race, ethnicity, gender identity etc., anyone can enter these fields. I choose to highlight the accomplishments of women…

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