'Growing up isn't easy, but sometimes being true to yourself is even harder.'
This past week, I've been taking a fine tooth comb to my current manuscript, sorting through the fodder to uncover the gold. It is a tedious task.
It reminds me of something author Shannon Hale said: Working on a first draft is like "shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build sandcastles."
I believe at the end of this process, I will need a stronger eyeglass prescription. However, my pain is your gain. Each go through of the manuscript brings me closer to the story I want. I hope these tips are useful.
Here are five important items on my editing checklist.
1. Three or more read-throughs to flesh out the story. You don't really know your story until ... read more here
in which the writer sends a query
Hello, kind blog visitor. I am polishing my query in hopes of locating an agent for my most recent YA, ON THE ROAD TO MARTY MCFLY. Please take a look inside the world of author anxiety. Behold, the query letter:
Dear Awesome Agent,
Kathryn Clark can’t stop counting: cars, steps, the ticks of a clock. But counting isn’t this fourteen-year-old’s problem. Talking to herself is. Trying to locate her absent dad is another. Avoiding Isabella Watson is number three.
While Mom’s trapped in her own neuroses, Kathryn hopes finding her dad will end the teasing and her own anxieties. When her bouncy little brother discovers an old Back to the Future lunchbox in their attic, everything changes. Why? Well, for one, a mysterious letter signed MJF sits curled inside the plastic thermos. For, two ... well, there's really no two. Two doesn't matter to Kathryn because this message from the past could save her future. How symbolic can you get?
Unfortunately, a new problem arrives ... read the rest here
Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom, star gazer, dreamer.
Ellen grew up in a Southern California low desert town on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered this world with fiction, spending hours and hours at the local library, reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett and Mick Kelly. As a teen, she spent time daydreaming about the world, the universe, and how she might one day write stories and create characters that young people would fall in love with like she'd done.
Take time to peruse this site and get to know her YA books (THIS GIRL CLIMBS TREES and BIRDS ON A WIRE), thoughts on writing, and advice to young writers. Watch This Girl's book trailer here.
Visit author Kathy Reinhardt's site for more words from me.
Connect with Ellen here or online. More here. (Soon, you'll know more about her than her mom.)
Best tips for storytelling. Ever. (thanks @A_WritersStudio @DisneyPixar)
If you're a teen, this site has great ideas to get you started on your writing path. (thanks @writing_tips)