Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Excitement is Back!

Right now I'm working on a middle grade story that I've been tweaking on and off for a couple of years. I have a complete first draft (well, after all this time it's more than the first). It got a letter of merit in an SCBWI competition, but it never seemed quite right. For one thing, at 10,000 words, it's not quite long enough. More importantly it doesn't have the depth I'm looking for.

So I'm going about my business the other day--I may have been cleaning or something. My thoughts weren't on the book at all. Suddenly a couple of lines came to me. I didn't recognize them as lines for the story at first. I was just thinking. Luckily, I ran to write them down before I could forget. I then realized I had the perfect beginning (dare I say, hook) for my story. I plopped these lovely words at the start of my story and it was like magic. With those few words, I realized the story could be as deep, as fulfilling, as meaningful, as I imagine it can be. For a writer, there's nothing more exciting.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Writing Again

My writing again has been a long time coming. It seems after my first book was published something in me was lost. All the passion and drive that produced Glove and my Highlights story, Where Are We Going Mama?, seemed to have been sucked out of me. It's taken all this time (nearly five years) to get it back. The road has been fraught with envy, against those who continued to write and be published, and regret, not only over the fact that I wasn't doing the same, but knowing that I was perfectly capable of doing so. However, the sleeper has awakened with many stories to tell. My only dilemma now is which to start first. Should I work on my novel, a biography (I have a couple in mind) or a picture book (fiction or nonfiction)? Should I do one at a time or work on two or three? Should I work on one I've started already or start a new one? In the end, it doesn't even matter. Whatever I decide to do at least I'll be fulfilling my life's purpose, writing stories for children to love, and that's what really counts.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm Gonna Let My Light Shine
in 2009!!!