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And the Book We Want to Share with You is …

If you’ve been keeping up with the daily Write by Midnight Bingo challenges, you might have a Bingo by now. So now it’s time to share the writing craft book we want you to have a chance to win.

Each of the WriteOwls have found this book to be full of practical and inspiring advice about writing for young readers. We’ve also had the pleasure of hearing the author speak at a writing conference hosted by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. We’ve LOVED The Magic Words and everything its author, Cheryl B. Klein, has done to encourage aspiring writers. So let us help you have a chance to read it, too.

To be eligible to be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a copy of her book, here’s what you need to do:

1. Follow @WriteOwls on Twitter and subscribe to this blog for a daily shot of Write by Midnight tips and encouragement.

2. Tweet a picture of your card (showing the marked spaces for the challenges you’ve already completed) to @WriteOwls and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive the book. Be sure to include #WriteByMidnight2020 with each tweet to be eligible. You can be entered up to 12 times if you complete the entire card.

3. All entries will be due by midnight EST on Saturday, Feb. 29. One winner will be drawn from all eligible entries and announced here and via Twitter on Monday, March 9.

We can’t wait to see how much you’ve accomplished!

On Writing about Home

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

It’s 2020, folks. Don’t you just love how that rolls off the tongue? We here at Write Owls hope that you are beginning your year with the beautiful sound of click-clacking on computer keys (or a typewriter if that’s your preference), and a list of goals, both set in reality and in daydreams (because we need those too, especially now.)

I, like most people, have thought long and hard about what I wanted to do and change Continue reading

When the Words Won’t Come

Megan Norris Jones

If you write, then you’re a writer. You don’t have to wait for the validation of publication, starred reviews, or the best seller lists. Writers write. But what happens when you get stuck, when you’re not writing? If a person who writes is a writer, then what is a person who stares at a computer screen and then decides that she’d better go do the laundry?

We all have those moments/weeks/seasons when the words won’t come. Don’t panic. There’s no need for an identity crisis. You are still a writer. You just need to use a little bit of your creativity to come up with something that makes you step back and consider the whole story, instead of that one little element you’re stuck on, something that reminds you what makes this story worth writing in the first place.

Here are a few techniques that have helped me:

1. Write the jacket copy. Jacket copy is those two to three paragraphs on the inside flap of a hardback or on the back of a paperback that introduce potential readers to your story and convince them that they have to read it. This exercise will help you home in on the best parts of your story because they’re what’s going to sell your book.  Continue reading

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 11-25-19

This month, find inspiration in other people’s words. Pick a debut novel in your genre and read a few pages before you start your daily writing session. You’ll gain insight into how other published authors are breaking out and hopefully discover something new to motivate you with your own project. Bonus: you’ll have guilt-free pleasure reading time and have read a new book by the end of the month.

Practical Prompt 11-18-19

If a scene isn’t working, consider whether the emotional foundation is lacking. Be bold and hit the delete button. Then, write the scene over from scratch. Starting fresh will give you a renewed perspective.