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Find Your People to Stay Positive, Keep Writing

Laura Ayo

If you’re like me, you’re seeking positivity anywhere you can find it these days. Thankfully, the writing community is one of the most encouraging support systems I’ve ever encountered, and they have not disappointed when it comes to offering humor, inspiration, reality checks and a much-needed distraction during the uncertainty accompanying a global pandemic. Continue reading

Bang-up First Pages: Three W’s and a Plus

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

I’ve been attending writing conferences for a while now, and I keep thinking that, at some point, the sessions will start sounding like re-runs, but they haven’t. My favorite part of this year’s MidSouth SCBWI conference, after my two friends winning manuscript awards, of course (Yay! Way to go!), was the first pages session.

For those of you not familiar with a first pages session, people drop an anonymous copy of their manuscript’s first page (i.e. the first 200 words) in the designated box the morning of the conference. (There’s a different box for each category: picture books, middle grade and young adult.) Continue reading