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Practical Prompt 9-10-18

When you attend a writing conference, workshop or book fair pay attention to how the established authors talk about their books. Note how they engage the audience. Do they tell you the story, how they wrote the story or a combination of both? Does the tone of their presentations match the genres of their novels? How do they project their voices and  use body language to draw the audience in? Then, apply what you learned and decide how to best connect to your audience.

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 8-27-18

Interacting with other writers is a great way to stay energized about your own work. This month, find a way to engage with the writing community. Seek out a writer’s conference or book festival to attend. Libraries, book stores and universities host author lectures and book signings that you can check out, as well.

If you’re like us, being around the writers who attend these types of events will motivate you to go home and make your stories the best they can be.  In our experience, fellow writers are usually more than happy to socialize and network. So don’t plan to just listen while you’re there. Talk to those around you. Ask them about their projects. Share what you’re working on. You’re likely to find people who can offer solutions to some of the struggles you’ve faced. And you’re likely to walk away feeling more confident about your own projects.


Write by Midnight Pep Talk 6-25-18

With summer in full swing, seek out new ways to motivate yourself to keep up the good habits you set during the Write by Midnight challenge. Consider submitting some of your work to an upcoming writing contest or signing up for a critique at a conference. Having a firm entry deadline will encourage you to get words on the page.



Writing Communities: The Power of More Than One

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

There was an insane amount of information to digest from the SCBWI Midsouth conference (#SCBWIMIDSOUTH16). A lot. I learned a plethora about picture book characters, and advice on writing about historical events. I finally think I have a grasp of what a high concept novel is.  All of this info was great, helpful, inspiring. But more on all of that later, because I’m still processing all that I learned and I feel a little overwhelmed by it. Continue reading

The Power of a Little Encouragement

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I’ve posted several times about the role our regional SCBWI conference has played in my development as a writer. I can’t recommend it enough for improving your craft, networking with other writers, and expanding your knowledge of the industry. Laura posted about missing the conference last week, but being invigorated by the knowledge that two of our group won awards. Well, guess what? I won an award!

As soon as I sat back down with that beautiful piece of paper in my hands, my mind was racing through all the steps to my novel’s publication, ending with rave reviews and a long and successful career. I do realize that I have a lot of work to do between now and then, but that’s the power of a little bit of encouragement. A publishing professional said, “Hey, good job. I like that story,” and suddenly I have the renewed passion and energy to press on through the long, slow journey ahead. Continue reading