Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Writing a children's book is a new development for me. Any help I can find along the way is appreciated so I was more than happy to come across this article from Writers & Artists, Researching Your Children's Book by Allan Boroughs. There are useful links at the bottom of the article to more advice on research for your children's book too.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
I haven't got to the stage of worrying about cover design yet in the process of creating my novel but this article, by J D Smith on the Writers & Artists website, explains The Importance of Cover Design.
Monday, 14 April 2014
This week and next, I'm on holiday. Or rather my children are on holiday from school and I'm organising (although school holidays do release me from ironing school uniform and making packed lunches so I get a bit of a break too). For me, holidays have always been a time of family coming together. There are days out, days in, maybe travel to another country. The majority of my most memorable holidays have involved the beach - ice cream on the Yorkshire coast with my parents, my first taste of 'abroad' at a beach barbecue on Majorca, my one year old daughter's widening eyes as she dipped her toes in the sea in North Wales (her first holiday).
The photograph above reminds me of a holiday to Canterbury with my family. My husband was working there and for a week, my children and I joined him. While he worked, we would spend time in the city, visiting the Cathedral, the museums, the ceramics cafe, and the park. When he was finished, we would drive out of Canterbury. One evening, we drove to the coast. We bought ice creams and sat on a seabreak on the beach you can see above, all four of us snuggled together on a drizzly day, as happy as I can remember.
What about you? What do beaches and holidays mean to you? What do they inspire you to write?
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Today's choice words come from novelist, Chuck Wendig on his blog terribleminds. Chuck discusses plotting by 'mystery' and 'questions' in his post The Question Mark is shaped like a hook: question-driven plotting. It's well worth a read and something I'll be trying out for myself.