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!!
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!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!