Right now I’m launching full speed ahead on new book projects for the upcoming year. I typically take most of the summers off from writing to get recharged and renewed. This schedule started out because my husband is a teacher and takes the summers off, but over time it has become a real time of refreshment for me as a writer. Then, when September hits I’m off and running, typing my way from morning until later afternoon through book contract after book contract from September through mid-June. It’s how I earn my living as a writer.
I just finished a deadline for a middle grade novel contract and am now knee-deep in preparing a requested proposal for a nonfiction reference book for students in junior high and high school. Then I have a couple of picture book manuscripts due at my agent’s.
Yup. From fiction to nonfiction, picture book to novel, a children’s writer can find herself covering it all.
Along the journey, however, I take lots of time to practice writing exercises and polish my writing skills and hone my craft. So I thought it would be fun to share in upcoming posts some of the ways we, as writers, can work to improve our writing skills. This not only helps land more contracts but it helps guarantee better writing success.
There are a zillion topics I can cover in the days ahead here on my blog such as:
* crafting realistic dialogue
* what to write to introduce your character when he appears the first time in a scene
* how to incorporate sensory detail in nonfiction to make it read like fiction
But I thought it would also be fun to ask YOU if you have any topics you’d like to learn more about. Are there any specific writing skills you’d like to have exercises or worksheets on to help improve your writing?
So, while I’m getting some ideas of my own to move forward with and post here on my blog, let me know some of your ideas, too!