If you have been following any of the blogs for writing and writing for children, there is a popular blog challenge out there that asks the blogger to post each day in April using a letter from the alphabet. I admit I have been somewhat lax due to other writing obligations but, I have combined a couple of letters into posts at my other blog to catch up with fellow bloggers.
For instance, one post included these letters;
A- Attitude- keeping a postitive attitude during the writing process11
B- Business- keeping the business side of writing organized and productive.
C- Characters- keeping your characters real, fresh, and believeable.
D- Drama- keeping drama in the story no matter what the story is about. Drama keeps the reader turning the page.
E- Elephant in the room- keeping the " assumed bad stuff but never said bad stuff" in the story line- ie: alcoholic parent, drug addicted sibling, invisible anger, etc.
F- Keeping fun in the writing even if it is a serious story. Fun for the writer and fun for the characters. F is for flying too, because our son was flying on a medical mission today and it was on my mind.
Today will be G- Gruesome- keeping some gruesome details in every story even when the story is for kids. Examples are fish farting, captains with underpants, boogie men, and all things gruesome like the details in Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. Kids love gruesome. Adults want gruesome so what they read makes their life seem better. G is definitely for gruesome. Now on to H. There has to be something more intriguing for writers then H is for Happy. After all characters and stories are supposed to be believeable, right?
I am pleased to announce that I have two books and a third soon to be published by Pen It Publications. I want to keep active links to their site and also to some of their authors and their author blogs here for your easy access to great books.
Pen It! Publications,LLC is also accepting submissions. Check out their website for the book shop and current needs for submissions.
1. Truman Beaver
2. Terri Forehand
I have a blog where I review books for children. Carla's Cloud Catastrophe is a funny and imaginative book for children ages 4-8. Carla is missing her birthday party because the clouds are falling from the sky into the town where she lives. Can you imagine if that reallly happened on your birthday? What would you do? It seems silly but oh what fun stomping through the clouds might be.
If mom or dad wants to read more about this fun book by children's author Beth Bence Reinke one click on the link will take them right to it.
My Favorite Part of a New School Year
My favorite part of starting a new school year or a new writing project is gathering my supplies. I love notepads, sticky notes, fun pens, and goofy paper to write my stories. What is your favorite part of starting a new school year? Is it the new teacher, making new friends, being in a new grade, or learning new things? If you really don't like school, is there one thing you can try this year to make it better? Write and let me know how your new school year is going? I would love to hear about it.
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