Posted by: nancyisanders | April 15, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book in 3 Weeks: Week 2

When I get in my writing rhythm, I often include a self-editing session right before I sit down to write. This accomplishes 2 purposes:

1) I do a quick edit of the section I just wrote.

2) It helps my brain dive back into the manuscript.

Your Editing
So today, spend a few minutes going back over the text you wrote yesterday. Tweak any glaring spots to flow better.

Your Mentor Text
For today, read just the “First Half of the Middle” of your mentor text. You should have noted the page numbers of this section on the plot worksheet you filled out on Wednesday last week. Read this section over again to get the flow/voice/format/structure fresh in your writer’s brain.

Your Research
Focus on reading sections of your research books that have to do with the material you need for writing the first half of your middle.

Your Writing Session
Have the plot worksheet and the outline both handy to look at as you’re working on writing, actually writing, this section of your first draft. These two worksheets will be your roadmap, your GPS system, that you follow as you sit down to write. As you write, if you get stuck because you don’t know the research to back up what you’re trying to say, you have a couple of options.

One thing you can do is just type XX and come back to it later so you can continue your writing flow now.

Another option is to just go dig up those resources to give you the info you need. If you choose the second option, however, don’t get lost in the research right now. Your goal is to finish the first half of the middle today, so come back to writing ASAP.

After your writing session is finished, take a few moments and plug in footnotes for each of the facts you stated. I like to highlight facts that need footnotes in red in my manuscript so that I remember to go back in and include at least 3 sources for each of them or 1 trusted primary source.

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