Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Are You Waiting For? – WFMAD Day 31

Tweet   We’re here!! The end of WFMAD, Year 5. How was it? Writing this blog every day turned out to be good discipline for me. I have been a wretched excuse for a blogger in the past year. A blog post is an essay. I would rather work on my novels than write an […]
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Whose Story Is it? WFMAD Day 30

Tweet   Google Analytics tells me that this blog is read by people all over the world. Hello, Egypt! Hello, Germany! Hello, Brasil! Today I am going to focus on an issue central to life in the United States, so I beg forgiveness of those readers who don’t live here. I would, of course, love […]
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Art Is All – WFMAD Day 29

Tweet Source: Britannica    When people find out how busy the last fifteen years have been for me, they are often confused. “How did you find time to write all those books?” is the common question. The answer is simple. I turned off the television. I’m not an anti-TV vigilante. I’ve always had a television. […]
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The Quest of Character – WFMAD Day 28

Tweet I adore Dr. Maya Angelou. She is my hero. ::Sighs in contentment:: ::Pauses to gather self:: Yesterday a reader wrote:  “How do you plot for characters that don’t really have an outward goal or problem they can solve? I’ve relied on yearning for this, but I’m curious how books like Speak and Twisted came […]
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Advice and Whatnot – WFMAD Day 27

Tweet Question: How do I get an agent or editor to give me feedback on my manscript? Answer: With one exception*, the only way you’re going to get feedback from an agent is to be signed up by one. Not all agents offer feedback. Mine doesn’t. An editor who likes your manuscript but feels it […]
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Faith – WFMAD Day 26

Tweet   I spoke to more than a thousand kids a day at the Youngstown State University English Festival for three days at the end of March. I saw them in “smaller” groups throughout the day, then gave a final presentation to everyone before they went home. It was a life-changing experience to be in […]
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Shining, Hidden Stars – WFMAD Day 25

Tweet   I woke up at 3am today in a total allergy meltdown. Medicine, shower, tea. It was clear I wasn’t going to get back to sleep so I sat outside and watched the Milky Way overhead. All in all, it was not a bad way to start the day. Which is why I am […]
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Curing The Suckitude of Writer’s Block – WFMAD Day 24

Tweet If you’ve never had writer’s block, go away. If you’ve never had writer’s block, you should be writing this blog. If you say you’ve never had writer’s block, I don’t believe you. Writer’s block is actually several conditions masquerading as one. Saying, “Help me, I have writer’s block” is as useful as going to […]
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The Best Part About Bad Guys – WFMAD Day 23

Tweet So my ex-husband and his wife spent the night at our house last night…. You could use that half-sentence as a writing prompt. Those characters all lined up in row – the narrator, her ex-husband, the ex-husband’s new wife and whomever the character(s) are that lead the narrator to use the word “our,” create conflict and tension […]
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Co-conspirators & Other Partners In Crime – WFMAD Day 22

Tweet   I was once on a panel with the amazing and wonderful Walter Dean Myers, who is serving now as our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. (I mostly sat quietly and absorbed everything he had to say.) Walter was asked about the amount of competition and jealousy among those of us who write for […]
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