My post on Gelatin Minds is at my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, if you have time.
It's back to school time, which means time for educational writing, too. I'm interviewing my wonderful friend, Ev Christensen at the grog blog.
My summer is over, and I'm back to school, this time as a first grade teacher at Uijongbu International Christian School in South Korea. My children and I just finished our first day, a successful-after-being-nervous-hardly-any-sleep night! Below is my classroom reveal with an apple theme of red and lime green colors. Definitely teaching and decorating a classroom overseas presents its challenges. I'm missing my old teacher stores from the states! But thank God for Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest! As a writer, I'm loving being surrounded by more picture books! I recently caught up on some reading such as Locomotive by Brian Floca, Back to School Splat by Rob Scotton, and hot off the press--Dr. Seuss' newest book, What Pet Should I Get? If you have some favorites I need to read, let me know in the comments!
If you'd like to know a trick of what to do when you're stuck in writing, head on over to my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, where I have a great suggestion. Happy Summer Writing!
How is your summer going? Are you getting much writing done? I'm at the Grog blog discussing this very thing--thinking like a writer in summer! Join me if you can!
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!!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!