Picture Books

Picture Books, Poems

It just feels write

I have always been a writer. Poetry and storytelling came naturally to me. As a young child, I would sit in my closet with my notebook and get lost in my worlds and words.

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Life took some twists and turns and I didn’t always follow the writer’s path.

I did sales, PR, marketing, and digital media.  Not exactly children’s books.

I had climbed a fairly steep ladder in the business world when suddenly, a light went off in my head. A familiar light. I followed it and left the world I had created and started again.

I went back to school to get my Masters and teaching certificate.  I taught Elementary school for a few years and when I left the classroom, many students followed me.

I taught everything from math to writing while being a mama to my Charlee.

This led me back to my original love. Writing stories and poetry.

I joined SCBWI, created a critique group, and I wrote, revised, crumpled, cried, and wrote some more. I attended every conference that was offered. I took a picture book writing class at UCLA. I bought every book on picture book writing that was ever written. I hired a freelance editor who became my lighthouse. I asked questions. I queried. I supported my fellow writers. Most importantly…I would write, write, write every day.

Just recently I had the benefit of meeting an incredible agent at the SCBWI conference. We connected and she loved my manuscript.  That manuscript was nominated for the Sue Alexander Award. It all felt too good to be true.

But it was true.

I am now proudly represented by the amazing Jen Rofé at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

I don’t sit in the closet anymore but I still get lost in my worlds and words.

And it just feels write.

 

 

Writing

Craft: Muse vs Momentum

Muse is like the alluring but allusive friend who shows up when they want and they don’t care when you need them or how you need them. They love to surprise you but will disappear if you’re not paying attention. So what then? Do you wait by the window with your eyes peeled and thumbs twiddling? NO!

Let me introduce you to my friend Momentum.  Momentum is way more reliable. Not always as enticing as Muse, but will be there to keep you moving and working and busy and believe it or not is a way better friend in the long run because they help you to get better. They are like a trainer who shows up on time every morning to work your muscles and keep you fit just in time for that allusive and alluring friend Muse to show up.

Here is my point. Don’t wait for that lightning bolt of an idea to come to you. Just write. Write all different kinds of stories. Write crappy first drafts. Just write. So when that wonderful idea does come your way, you will be in great shape to write it and take it all the way.

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Poems

PERSISTENCE

Persistence is our strongest tool! Many obstacles, both internal and external will try to thwart you – but you must press on, push forward, persist!

When my fear gets in my way and tries to drag me down, I get right into action. I work on a ms, I revise, I work on new poetry, I edit a colleague’s piece, I network on social media, etc. I do anything, big or small, that persists towards my goal.

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