Last year, when an art director reviewed my portfolio, she suggested that I make a dummy based on a painting of mine called The Math Dragon. (For the purposes of this post, a dummy is an illustrated mock-up of a picture book or graphic novel.)
That sounded like a great idea. My math paintings and prints have always been my biggest sellers and I wondered why I’d never Continue reading
For two frustrating weeks, I’ve tried to sit down and work on my novel, but rather than write, I watch the cursor blink. You’d say I’ve got writer’s block, and I wouldn’t argue with you. I am crippled by it at the moment.
So, I am taking a break from my novel to write about writer’s block, hoping it may pull me out of my creative vacation. I’ve heard a rumor that focusing on a different project can remedy WB; it’s worth giving a try. Continue reading
Megan Norris Jones
I am a deadline-oriented writer. As a freelance journalist, I always get my story in on time, but I rarely get it in early. I thrive on that jolt of adrenaline that a pending deadline produces. But as a fiction writer, no one is beating down my door to read my first novel. Querying my dream agent this week or in five years won’t matter to the agent—plenty of other writers will be offering their work for consideration in the mean time. But delaying will matter to me. I don’t want to fritter away five years of my writing life. Continue reading
I am currently working on the first draft of my first novel. With a background as a visual artist, my major focus has been on picture books, but the other writers in my critique group have been a bad influence–they’ve infected me with the YA bug. I know exactly when it happened; during our own little write-a-thon I took a stab at writing an opening scene to a sci-fi novel. Continue reading