Head on over to my critique group's blog where you'll find me today. I'm discussing how to grow as a writer, which is better than me growing as a florist.
So I finished writing my first middle grade novel last month and wanted to share with you what I learned. Going from writing picture books to a novel is quite different, yet some things stayed the same. I made this Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two.
I'm a plotter, and so I sketched out each chapter and created my characters. However, my muse didn't always follow the outline, which is good. And as I got deeper into each chapter, my characters became more alive to me and even changed. I remember adding to their character sketches as I went along. My characters became a little bossy and sometimes took the story in a new way. And new minor characters introduced themselves that weren't even planned. I think it's a good idea to have a vision and rough outline to begin with and then let the story come alive and unfold as you write. I've sent it out to the first batch of beta readers. We'll see if it's any good. :) If you have any revision tips, let me know!!
My Pinterest for Writers Part 2 is on the grog blog today. I'll meet you there!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and Passover weekend! God is good! I'm almost done with the first draft of my first middle grade novel, only three chapters left! I have no idea if it's any good, but I'm glad I wrote it. I've learned so much which I'll share in an upcoming post.
I'm over at the grog blog today discussing how writers use Pinterest. Meet me there, and if you have other Pinterest ideas for writers, do share!
My wonderful writing friend, Laura Sassi, nominated me for the "Very Inspiring Blogger Award" the beginning of February. Thanks, Laura! If you haven't yet read Laura's debut picture book, do so-- Goodnight, Ark illustrated by Jane Chapman.
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award rules are:
• Display the award on your blog
• Link back to the person who nominated you
• State 7 things about yourself
• Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations.
1. I'm a mom of two taekwondo kids, both 2nd degree black belts.
2. I grew up in Iowa but not on a farm.
3. I love God and read the Bible every day.
4. My favorite drink is Dr. Pepper; although now that I'm getting older, I don't drink it as much.
5. I have homeschooled my kids for 4.5 years now.
6. I'm getting better in Korean cooking.
7. I'd like to learn how to write a middle-grade novel. This is where I need your help! I've spent the past five years learning the craft of writing picture books. What great resources do you use to write a fiction novel? I started a board on Pinterest to save relevant links. And...I sort of have a deadline because I'd like to submit this novel in a contest due 9/1. Do you think it's doable to learn, write, revise in only five months? Please, please, please give me your tips and advice in the comments!
And lastly, I nominate these people to carry on the award:
Catherine Johnson--"Feed Your Imagination Here" blog, full of creativity and art
Laura Purdie Salas--"Writing the World for Kids" blog, poetry for kids and teachers
Erik the Kid--"This Kid Reviews Books" blog, a great book review blog by Erik, 13 yrs old
Cathy Hall--"Writing and Fishing" blog, great writerly tips and advice
Nancy I. Sanders--"Blogzone," lessons and advice on all things writing
Darshana Khiani--"Flowering Minds," great children's book reviews
Hannah Holt--"Lightbulb Books," book reviews and crafts for little ones
Diane Tulloch--"The Patient Dreamer," children's book reviews
Carrie Finison--"The Story Patch," book reviews and children's picture book info
Vivian Kirkfield--"Picture Books Help Kids Soar," book reviews and writing info
Mirka Breen--"Mirka Muse," great wisdom and writer advice
Welcome back to our last installment of learning about Teachers Pay Teachers.
Just to recap, if you want to learn what Teachers Pay Teachers is, read this post. If you want to experiment with fonts and clip art for a TpT product, read here.
Now I'll give you links to watch videos on how to put together your cover and packet using Power Point. This is how I learned. My latest cover is on the left. I used a photo of our former pet, free clip art frames and fonts, and illustrations provided by my daughter.
You Tube Videos to watch:
How to Make a Cover
Creating Covers That Sell
How to Make a Preview
Making Money on TpT
How to Upload Your Project
Inspiring Video: How a teacher made a million dollars on TpT
If you've started a store on TpT, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can visit! Have fun being creative! And if you have any questions, ask away. I'm still learning, but I'll try my best to help you.
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!