This writer is heading for Urbana, Illinois for a fabulous sounding retreat. Right now I'm in "have I done everything I need to prepare" mode, but come Saturday it'll be time to give my writing skills a tuneup and to network with fellow Illinois writers ..... oh, and one from Texas. I promise to bring back pictures to post next Monday!
Tricia asked me to share the writing exercise I used, so here it is:
I took it from the kickstart section of the SCBWI site (Kickstart #9):
There are ten opening sentences. Everybody picked one at random and wrote the rest of the opening paragraph (or in some cases two or three paragraphs). In case you're interested what I had to build from -- I had #3.
3. As Samantha gazed across the dance floor at Jason, her heart sank.
Wasn't exactly the genre I normally write, but that's probably a good thing for the exercise.
To continue the theme, everbody is to bring an exceptional opening paragraph from a published book.
All in all, I think the whole thing worked.
My favorite opening that someone selected was: 4. The hamster had lived in Mrs. Bottom's 3rd Grade Classroom for a year now and only one person had heard him speak.
Happy Writing and thanks to the SCBWI site for last night's kickstart.
Local Illinois author and fellow SCBWI member Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu is nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the following catagory:
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens•
“Body Drama” – Nancy Redd (Penguin/Gotham)• “Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow” – JamesSturm, Author; Rich Tommaso, Illustrator (Hyperion Books for Children/DisneyPublishing)• “Divine Confidential” – Jacquelin Thomas (Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster)• “More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide” – Charles B. Schooler,Author; Gary Young, Illustrator (Zenith Publishing)• “Shadow Speaker” – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Hyperion Books for Children/DisneyPublishing)
Awards are on FOX tomorrow night. I don't know if this is a catagory awarded on the show or not, but its a fantastic honor and I wish her the best!!!
Also, Cybils are tomorrow. Good luck to Laura Ruby and others nominated. Also, thanks to Kelly Herold and the long list of others that make the Cybils possible!
I write primarily middle grade fiction, although I do have a picture book submitted. As for subject matter: ghost mystery and time suspension would be the best general descriptions for my two novels currently in re-writes.