Though I’m an introvert, meaning I’m more interested in thinking about the stories in my head than making small talk at dinner parties, I’m not socially awkward or shy, and I don’t suffer from any kind of stage fright—except when it comes to talking to strangers about my writing. My face heats and my blood pressure spikes. I either go brain-blank or start babbling, speaking in disjointed sentence fragments with lots of “um’s.” Continue reading
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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