Tag Archives: books

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-13-20

The book was at the top of best-seller lists months (or years) ago, but you’re just getting to read it now. What popular book did you come to late and did it live up to the hype?

 

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!

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 1-27-20

Write by Midnight 2020 starts Saturday! Last week, you set your goals for the month. This week, it’s time to get organized and fired up about writing. To chart your success throughout February, be sure to download our printable writing log here or use any progress-tracking app of your choosing.

New this year, we’re introducing a fun twist  – Write by Midnight Bingo – with a book give-away at the end.

Here’s how it works:

1. Follow @WriteOwls on Twitter and subscribe to this blog (on the right side of your screen) for a daily shot of Write by Midnight tips and encouragement.

2. Download your Write By Midnight Bingo card here. It’s filled with prompts to inspire you to stay on track during the write-a-thon. When you complete a prompt, mark that spot on your card. You can do them in any order you choose. However, if you need a push to stay the course, we’ll have three ways for you to receive a prompt from the card each day: Twitter, the WriteOwls blog, or by subscribing to our blog to get a prompt emailed to your inbox.

3. When you complete five spaces in a full row (diagonal counts), tweet a picture of your card to @WriteOwls and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a copy of a writing craft book we will reveal later in the month. 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. That’s 12 chances to win a book each of the Write Owls find full of practical and inspiring advice about writing for young readers.

4. 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 hope this year’s Write by Midnight challenge will help you re-energize your daily writing habits, and we look forward to hearing from you throughout 2020 as you keep reaching your goals.

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.

Voicey-Voice Voice

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

I’ve been thinking about voice a lot lately, or at least the act of having a voice. Maybe it’s our current political climate or maybe it’s that I’m five scenes away from a first draft and I’m still not sure I’ve mastered my voice yet. Whatever it is, voice has got me rattled.

Since I’m not going to even pretend to be an expert on discovering literary voice, you’ll not find a five point plan for creating the voiciest voice you could write here. What I will offer are some solid examples where, in my humble opinion, the authors write with a voice that is honest, reeks of music and is totally engaging. Stick with me, We’re going directly to the source, folks.

My list began to get ridiculously long as I thought about all the books I believe have strong voice, so below I’m including only the books I’ve recently devoured:

Picture Books
The Bink and Gollie series
Last Stop on Market Street
The Piggie and Elephant Series
Life on Mars (love that this book is in first person)

Mid-Grade
Ghosts
The Red Pencil
Roller Girl

YA
Kids of Appetite
Goodbye Days
The Carnival at Bray
The First Time She Drowned
Aftercare Instructions

Adults
Homegoing
Barkskins
Perfect Little World
The Girls
The Bone Clocks (Currently reading, but added because 40 pages in and the voice is excellent)

(Not consumed recently, but always and forever):
The Outsiders (Because duh)
The Cather in the Rye (Because double duh)
The Harry Potter Series (Because triple duh x 7)
Invisible Man (Because this book, for me, is the master “duh”)

My list is clearly not exhaustive, so please share the wealth. What books are you reading that have great voice?