Lessons I've Learned on the Writer's Craft
- An authentic voice is a writer's most powerful tool.
- Be passionate and engage readers in a world more profound than their own.
- Entice the reader to pause, reflect, and internalize the story.
- Characters drive a story.
- Discover the details that are interesting and appealing to children.
- Use inventive language.
- Research a great deal on your subjects.
- Incorporate the elements of fiction.
- Creativity is the function of discipline and hard work.
- Have perseverance.
My Experience with the Writer's Craft
- Read and analyzed children's and young adult fiction and nonfiction in various genres.
- Written and revised a novel manuscript and several picture book manuscripts.
- Presented a lecture, book talks, an author study, investigative project, and publisher report.
- Participated in professional critique groups and workshops with colleagues.
- Received manuscript critiques from published authors.