This is the script for a meditation on your characters. Start by finding a comfortable spot to sit. It doesn’t matter where you are or if you’re sitting straight up or slouching. All that matters if that you are comfortable. Begin with a few deep breaths in and out. Be sure to breathe in through your nose and out through you mouth.
It honestly doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or not, self care is important. There are some myths about it being self-indulgent, a waste of time, and expensive. Not to mention the idea that all artists are supposed to suffer (queue my eye roll here).
A large cast of characters is just as great as a small cast, but let’s face it: the fewer the better.
I could say this with a single sentence but I plan to go on a tangent. Young Adult and Middle Grade are not genres of children’s literature.
But they have their own sections at the bookstore.
No kidding. Kids have their own sections at the department store too, but it’s not meant to do anything other than dictate what sizes the pants are.
A good writer will tell you that the labels have shifted and blurred and it’s hard to tell which one best describes the work most succinctly. But it is the blurring and blending of these genres that creates new, interesting work. Despite there only being two, or seven, or thirty-six fundamental plots, we as writers, can still satisfy the need for something new with the combinations of ideas and strong emotional cores for our characters.
A mood board is a type of visual presentation or ‘collage’ consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based on a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to convey a general idea or feeling about a particular topic.
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Let’s take a tour of fairy tale techniques and use them in our own work!
I’ve been putting off this post for days, but I keep coming back to the idea. The irony is strong with this one.
Where do I even begin?
It’s not enough to simply “write a children’s book.” It’s not that simple. When you believe writing for a younger audience is easy, you automatically assume less of your audience and it shows in your writing and it is an immediate turn-off.