Jane Yolen Revises One of Her Daily Poems

Today, I am featuring an entry from Jane Yolen’s journal. It follows her revision process as she works on a recent poem.

Jane Yolen — Author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? » Telling the True.


Make a Dummy to Perfect Your Picture Book Manuscript

If you have a list of ideas for picture books and are wondering what to do next, or if you have a picture book manuscript that has been rejected, here’s an excellent article about making a picture book dummy. It will help you check your structure and correct common problems.

Post-PiBoIdMo Day 4: Wendy Martin Makes a Dummy « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

What happens After You Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel in a Month? – Scribendi.com

If you’ve finished your draft during NaNoWriMo this year, congratulations! You are probably glad it’s over and you are ready to take a break, maybe do some holiday shopping and clean house. The good news is that taking a break is the best thing you can do for your book.

When you’re ready, here’s some great advice about how to revise.

What happens After You Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel in a Month? – Scribendi.com.

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.

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.

What Does it Really Take to Get a Picture Book Published?

Find out how a new picture book, Flap, came to be in this interview by Laura Miller.

Meet Alison Kipnis Hertz, Author of Flap! « Laura Miller (a.k.a. Grandmamiller).

Does that “Fictitious” Website in Your Novel Already Belong to Somebody Else?

Watch out what you include in your novel. Actually, don’t worry about things like this when you are writing a first draft for NaNoWriMo, but when you revise be sure to check details that might cause unnecessary headaches. The post below discusses web addresses that you think are fictitious, but are actually real–oops!

Does that “Fictitious” Website in Your Novel Already Belong to Somebody Else?.

Brooklyn Arden: A Revised Plot Checklist

If your write fiction, and particularly if you are revising a novel, you should know about this blog, its author, and her book. I have shelves of writing books, but there are very few as good as hers. Don’t miss her new plot checklist. Online now. Click the link below.

Brooklyn Arden: A Revised Plot Checklist.

Free Templates | Scrivener Writer

I have transferred two novels to Scrivener so far. If you are doing this too, you might want to look at these templates.

Free Templates | Scrivener Writer.

I must say I love the simple interface. I haven’t learned how to import web pages yet, but just being able to see the layout and dividing each chapter into scenes has been helpful. I can see that it’s going to make a huge consolidation and rewrite project feasible.