Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Paranormal YA Blogging

I am having lots of fun recommending YA novels over on my new blog about reading and writing paranormal YA, Children of the Night at http://childrenofthenightya.blogspot.com/. If you like your teenagers with psychic powers, your vampires with love lives and your zombies with, well, brains, please stop on by!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quote for the Day

"If you're breathing you are living
And if you're living you are learning
So write and write and keep on writing
Just make sure your life's exciting."

This is from the song "Happy Home (Keep on Writing)" from Kimya Dawson's brilliant children's album, "Alphabutt." Want to listen to the whole thing? Go to http://www.last.fm/music/Kimya+Dawson/_/Happy+Home+(Keep+On+Writing)and click on the "play" button in the black box on the right hand side. (Heather Johnson, there's a line just for you towards the end :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Getting Over Writer's Block....

Here's is a little helpful hint for getting over writer's block:

"Nothing is written, it's rewritten" (Dov S-S Simens)

The first draft of anything is just that, a first draft. Get the first draft completely written! Then worry about fine tuning the story in the second draft.....

Happy Writing!!! :-)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quote for the Day

"I don't really have an opinion about the worth of making art. All I would say is that when I've been very down or having kind of a tough time in my life, certain films or pieces of music or books have changed that."
--Rupert Friend, actor, in "Interview" magazine

Has a book ever saved your life or made your day? Ever hope that something you write would do that for someone else? Is that a legitimate "worth of making art"?