'Growing up isn't easy, but sometimes being true to yourself is even harder.'
Ellen's tips for new writers
getting the most from Scrivener - the scratch pad
My apologies for being a day late with this week's blog of writing tips. We returned yesterday from a beautiful stay in New York. A week of family fun, the laptop tucked safely away. Today, back on the West Coast, I'm wide awake at 6AM and ready to write!
While scrolling through emails, ads, junkmail and trolling favorite Twitter accounts, I discovered something I'd forgotten about - the Scrivener Scratch Pad. If you use the writing app, you may or may not know all about this awesome feature. If you don't have Scrivener yet, but you're considering it, this may help you make that decision.
As you know, I'm a huge Scrivener fan. The app has organized my writing life, leaving me more time and energy to create.
What you need to know about the Scrivener Scratch Pad (on a Mac): ... 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 one. Trying to locate her absent dad is another. Avoiding Isabella Watson is number three. Maybe if Kathryn stopped talking to herself or started interacting with real live people, things would change.
If she could end the teasing and find her dad, life would be perfect. Wouldn’t it? Too bad her depressed mom’s no use.
Then her stinky little brother brings home an old Back to the Future lunchbox, and everything changes. A mysterious letter signed MJF sits curled inside the plastic thermos. 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.
Connect with Ellen here or online. More here. (Soon, you'll know more about her than her mom.)
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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)
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