Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!

I found this wonderful site through the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page. It is from a summer challenge that lasted eight weeks. That means you can check out seven more of these delightful idea machines! If you are in need of wild fiction inspiration, click on the link below and you are sure to find help.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!.

Free Novel Writing Goodies in Honor of NaNoWriMo | WritersDigest.com

There’s a treasure trove of terrific free downloads for novelists on this blog. You can reap the benefits even if you dropped out of NaNoWriMo or never signed up! Zip over there and collect.

NaNoWriMo Tips | WritersDigest.com.

Make a Story Map to Unearth Buried Memories

Click on the link below for a terrific method to generate story ideas. It works best for children’s books, but it could work for adult trade authors too. It’s simple, fun, and very effective! I encountered it on the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page.

News.

Don’t Publish That Book! – Forbes

If you’ve finished your NaNoWriMo novel and are tempted to self-publish now, here’s some food for thought from people who know.

Don’t Publish That Book! – Forbes.

Just Say Okay

Here’s a blog that will keep you up on the latest news in creativity. Today’s post discusses the importance of commitment.  Too often, we put everything else first.

Annual November creativity challenges such as Picture Book Idea Month give us permission to put our creative lives front and center. The resulting excitement inevitably spills out into the rest of the year.

How to Commit to Your Creativity | The Creativity Post.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18 | Glosa Poem | Poetic Form | WritersDigest.com

Today’s prompt is from Carol Stephen. It is a form called the Glosa.

Visit the site to read the complicated directions and to see some of the amazing responses.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18 | Glosa Poem | Poetic Form | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s my attempt:

 

so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

(William Carlos Williams)

 

snow clouds drift

over

our valley

after

stair-step summer

ends

bitter winter

comes

weather bends

so much depends

 

on fickle

sun

swinging south

along

with bird flights

begun

weeks ago,

wedging

over lakes spun

upon

 

with visual

echoes

of industry

withdrawn,

a dormancy

deal

of last flash

gold

to mold-meal

a red wheel

 

turning through

eons

in coursing blood

and genes

in water and

marrow

cycles shifting in

farmer’s

slicing harrow;

barrow

 

so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17 | How to Poems | Write Poetry | WritersDigest.com

Maxie Steer offers today’s prompt on Robert Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog.

It’s a how-to poem. Read the contributions of others and add your own.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17 | How to Poems | Write Poetry | WritersDigest.com.

How to Paint

 

Set up a surface,

whether canvas,

paper or weathered

wood doesn’t

matter, at least

not at first.

Next, squeeze

out a bright

worm of color,

or mix it up

from powder

with medium

and binder.

Invite your

thoughts to

depart, opening

to other

forces beyond

them.

Then, pick

up the brush.

Linda Armstrong, 11/17/2012. All rights reserved.

Picture Book Idea Month Resources and Inspiration

If you didn’t register for Picture Book Idea Month, or you have not been following the great discussions on the group’s Facebook page, you can still benefit from the great advice and inspiration connected with the event. Go to Tara’s blog and look for the list of guest bloggers. Each is a link, and each post is a treasure for picture book writers.

The link below will take you to the blog.

PiBoIdMo « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Advice for Writers who are Stuck

If you need to get unstuck in the middle of writing November, here’s some simple, but effective advice.

AdviceToWriters – Advice to Writers – The Answer is to Write.

Adventures in Agentland

This “wonder” ful blog post lists some other resources for NaNoWriMo participants, including revision-related links for December and beyond. Even if you are not participating these links will help with your novel.

Adventures in Agentland.