My Week: 10 Truths from NCTE and How a Website Can Be TOO Thorough [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: The Death of a Laptop and What a Writer Might Do at NCTE [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: Hard decisions about speaking, and progress on a WIP! [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: What It’s Like Working with Publishers to Promote Your Book [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: Why I Read PW’s Children’s Bookshelf Newsletter [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: What do I do when I run out of places to submit a manuscript to? [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: Pre-Orders for Picture Books and Writing Dreams [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: Storytimes and escalation clauses [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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My Week: What Rejection Letters Say [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

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Quotation Inspiration: Writer’s Block

I know lots of writers who suffer from writer’s block. I like Barbara Poelle’s creativity prompts in the Oct 2018 Writer’s Digest, including: “Take your favorite antagonist in any film or novel and write a scene where they are the hero.” I love Salina Yoon’s Duck, Duck, Porcupine books. This makes me want to try to write a scene where Big Duck is not a fool and is actually the hero. That would be quite a challenge!

She goes on to say, “That blank document doesn’t have to be your next opus–it just has to keep the current flowing until you find that one piece of driftwood and hang on for the ride.” Such great advice. You don’t have to write something great–just write SOMEthing!

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