'Growing up isn't easy, but sometimes being true to yourself is even harder.'
Every writer has a different routine or ritual that motivates her or keeps her in the zone. I didn't think I had one, but after closer scrutiny, I realized I do. Of course, I do. You do, too.
The question remains: is your routine working?
If you consider the following six categories, you will discover your routines. You might notice an area that needs help.
After I completed this blog, I realized that I'm not as consistent about taking breaks. Now, I set a timer to go off hourly. If it goes off, I haven't taken a break.
Here are my routines.
1. Quiet--I need minimal activity going on around me. .... 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:
Fourteen-year-old Kathryn Clark can’t stop counting: cars, steps, the ticks of a clock. That's the least of her problems, compared to talking to herself, trying to locate her absent dad, and avoiding high school nemesis Isabella Watson.
With her mom consumed by her own neuroses, Kathryn’s counting on Dad to end the relentless teasing and anxieties. When her little brother discovers an old *Back to the Future* lunchbox in their attic, everything changes. It contains a mysterious letter signed MJF, but it also introduces a strange voice to Kathryn’s internal dialogue. After learning the actor Michael J. Fox is headed to town, she’s sure .. read the rest here
Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom, star gazer, dreamer.
I grew up in a Southern California low desert town on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. I countered that 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, I spent time daydreaming about the world, the universe, and how I might one day write stories and create characters that young people would fall in love with like I had.
Take time to peruse this site and get to know my 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.
Connect with me here or online. More here. (Soon, you'll know more about me than my mom does.)
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)