"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Getting Better - With Your Help!?

One of my 2015 goals is to do at least one specific, relatively substantial, thing to improve my children's writing craft each month. And today, with your help, I'm doing my "thing" for February.

I am over at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog today, participating in her Would You Read it Wednesday feature. I have a pitch for one of my picture books in progress up there, and folks have an opportunity to give their feedback on it to help me improve my craft.

Anyone can throw their two cents in - and I am REALLY looking for constructive criticism. Negative, to me, is better than kudos - truly! I can't grow if I don't get help to improve. So, would ya pop over and let me know if "you would read it?"

For the curious - my January "thing" was Meg Miller's ReviMo (revise more picture books), where I did some serious revision on two of my picture book manuscripts and learned TONS about effective revision.

March? I am getting excited about a new monthlong challenge, hosted by the wonderful and energetic Carrie Charlie Brown. Studying picture books as mentor texts is the focus of ReFoReMo (Reading for Research Month), and I KNOW I will learn a bunch on how to make my MSes as good
as they can be - and how to use the picture books I read to help with that.

April will focus on rhyme, as I participate in Angie Karcher's RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month). Did this one last year, and was blessed much. Looking forward to another great month of learning.

As far as the months after that? Not sure, other than Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo in November. But I will, Lord willing, find a way to get better each month.

And in the meantime - couldja stop by Susanna's blog?

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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