#ThinkingThursday – Finding Your Inspiration

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Thinking Thursday:
Finding Your Inspiration

One of the most asked questions I have is:

“Where do you find your ideas for your stories?”

My answer, quite simply, is: EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere. I’ve gotten ideas from

  • pictures
  • long walks
  • over-hearing a snippet of a conversation
  • a tree
  • a cow mooing
  • a song
  • writing challenges
  • writing prompt
  • magazines

… and the list can keep going on.  😀

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

card-orson-scott-athousandstoryideasThe trick is to keep your eyes, ears, and nose open. Yes, use your senses. Allow your mind to wander. The possibilities will begin to open up for you. Once you train your mind and body to notice these thing, you’ll find inspiration all around.

Until next time…

~t


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New Year – Motivation

New Year Motivation

New Year – Motivation!

Welcome to 2018, y’all!

It’s the time of the year of new-ness. I like to think of it as a turning of the page, a new chapter, a new book. The possibilities before you are endless. There are things out there you want to make better, want to try for the first time. I’m here to tell you to GO FOR IT!

Time is our worst enemy. We don’t know how much is left. If you want to write. WRITE! If you want to draw. DRAW! If you want to go back to school. REGISTER! Reach for the stars.

As many of you know, I detest making resolutions. I always feel as if I’m setting myself up for failure. And ain’t nobody got time for that. So instead of listing things I want to accomplish. I choose a word to inspire me throughout the entire year. Once chosen, I print it out where I can see it every day. Or re-look at when I get discourage. This year my word is…

CHIPS

No, not potato chips. Or wood chips. Or even poker chips. Although poker chips would fit perfectly in my field. As every thing seems to be a gamble!   *laughing*   But the chips of every day life, what you are doing, exposing yourself, and getting things done. This is the quote where I found my word:

JFK quote

So, my challenge to you is how will you stretch yourself this year? Do you like to make a New Year’s Resolution?   *it’s okay if you do*   Do you like to find an inspirational word? Or do you do something different? Let me know in the comments.

~ HaPpY NeW YeAr’S EvErYoNe ~

Until next time…
~t


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7 Reasons WHY You Should Attend a Conference

7ReasonsWhyYouShouldAttendaConference7 Reasons WHY You Should
Attend a Conference

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about people going to conferences lately.  😉 There are some really great ones out there. Of course there are some ho-hum ones too. So why should you give it a go? I decided to sit down and list my reasons for attending conferences…

  1. people.svg.medpeople.svg.medpeople.svg.med   My tribe!!!
    Yes, this is my first reasoning. This is where I have found that I fit in. That I belong. These people “GET” me! They know the struggles. They can offer insight. They can sympathize with me and give me a good swift kick to help me continue on.
  2. brain   Gain knowledge
    The sessions you attend are wonderful. Most conferences offer different sessions at the same time. This way you can pick and choose according to your experience level and needs.
  3. girl_and_boy.svg.med   Make connections
    There are editors, art directors, agents, and professionals who present during these sessions. What better way can you think of to get your foot in the door than a one-on-one contact?
  4. network-md   Network
    Here you will meet other writers, illustrators, bloggers, marketers, and on and on. These may be the people who help spread your word around when the time comes. These are also the ones that you don’t mind sharing about. They have interesting things to say and can help others on their way.
  5. grin_smiley_emotion_icon_emoticon.svg.med   Gain confidence
    Attending a conference is a great shot in the arm. You feel more secure in yourself. You are inspired to take on your current project or a new one. You may even find that you were able to help someone out. Or perhaps someone helped you over a hurdle.
  6. 12262023431084949520rg1024_Graphs.svg.med Present
    If you have enough experience, you can offer to present at a conference too. This is a great way to get your name out. You can also offer your services. There are people who know how to write a query well, or critque, or maybe how to market.  😉
  7. open_book.svg.medpen_01.svg.med   Book sales
    Conferences offer the opportunity for their attendees to have their books available for purchase during the event. Some will even host a “signing hour”. There may be some stipulations though. Always check with the guidelines.

There are many, many more reasons.  😀   These are the ones that really stuck out to me.

What’s yours?

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What conferences have you attended lately
What are some other reasons why you attend?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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Wednesday Writers…

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As I am winding my blog down for the year, I would like to highlight some authors who I think are just plain out awesome sauce! I fully recommend their books and think they would look wonderful sitting on your shelf (the books, not the author. *hahaha*). So please read below and see what these people do for the industry, and if you will… buy some of their books.

Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble is the owner of New York Media Works which creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded KidLit TV to help children’s authors and illustrators broaden their audience by using new technologies to complement and promote their work. KidLit TV is the first online resource of its kind for parents, librarians, teachers, and kid lit creators.

Find out more about Julie, KidLit.TV, New York Media Works, and her amazing book at her WEBSITE.

Tara Lazar

wpid-tarafall2011picclose.jpgTara Lazar is the founder and leader of PiBoIdMo. A picture book writer’s challenge to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. She has just completed her 7th annual contest. She is the author of The Monstore, I Thought This Was A Bear Book, & Little Red Gliding Hood.

Find out more about Tara and her amazing books at her WEBSITE.

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Susanna Hill

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Susanna Hill offers an online writing course for picture book writers. She also host many writing contests through the year. Susanna is also a great writer’s advocate as she features a “Would You Read It?” post on her blog as well as “Perfect Picture Book Friday” where she gives a shout out to some of her favorite books.

Find out more about Susanna, her workshop and her amazing books at her WEBSITE.

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Kami Kinard & Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

kami and s Kami & Sudipta are the FANTASTIC duo who put on the KidLit Summer School. These two multi-talented peeps. *you’ll get this if you’ve attended the classes. :)* Have an assortment of publications to their names.

Find out more about each of them and their awesome books at the their websites… Kami’s WEBSITE & Sudipta’s WEBSITE.

Kami: Screen Shot 2011-09-16 at 8.22.47 AM  boy problem cover  Screen20Shot202011-09-1620at208.21.2020AM       Sudipta:  DDM Cover  252_51VEwFVZ7LL._SS500_  267_image025  316_9781442406735  109256679  9781477847176_p0_v1_s260x420  hogprince  Pirate_Princess_Cover-filtered  Sleeping Beauty  Tyrannosaurus Wrecks

Elaine Kiely Kearns & Sylvia Liu

Elaine-&-SylviaElaine & Sylvia are the FANTASTIC duo who put together KidLit411. This is the place where you can find tons of links to help you out as a writer and/or illustrator.

Find out more about each of them and their awesome books at their websites… Elaine’s WEBSITE & Sylvia’s WEBSITE.

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Alison Hertz

Alison K. HertzAlison Hertz is not only an author, but a fantastic artist as well. She heads up Doodle Day to help get those creative juices flowing as well as providing a daily exercise to draw and improve your craft.

Find out more about Alison, Doodle Day, and her awesome book at her WEBSITE.

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So there are my few top pics of authors and illustrators to support.

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these books?
Do you know of any other great authors/illustrators you would like to add to my list?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Dau 28-30

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PiBoIdMo Day 28-30

I huffed and puffed and sprinted across Tara Lazar‘s blog’s finish line!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 28
Paula Yoo encourages us to explore non-fiction and amazing people who we know.
*NF is no longer stiff, stuffy, encyclopedia material. Have fun and entrance your readers.*

DAY 29
Arree Chung encourages us not to give up on an idea.
*If something doesn’t work, look at it from another angle.*

DAY 30
Kim Norman encourages to go mad with our writing.
*Wonky, bonky writers! Make your words, descriptions, & stories sing!*

How did I do?
I’ve added _2_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _33_. Our 30 day marathon is over! While we’ve crossed the finish line the real.work begins. Now is the time to sort through those ideas and see which ones shine.

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How did you do ?
Do you have a few nuggets?
Don’t forget, even those stinkers can turn out smelling sweet!

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

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PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

Only a few more days left over on Tara Lazar‘s blog. Is your ideas jar like a stuffed turkey?

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 25
AJ Smith shows us where to look for ideas.
*Looking for ideas can turn into finding ideas. Get to looking!*

DAY 26
Pat Z Miller tells us to notice the little things.
*Little things can lead to big ideas.*

DAY 27
Kelly DiPucchio encourages us to sit down and have dinner with our characters.
*Getting to know your characters helps them become three deminsional instead of two demensional.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _7_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _31_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are things going?
Only three more days left.  😦  But at the end you’ll have so any ideas to draw from!  🙂 

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdM9 Day 22-24

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PiBoIdMo Day 22-24

We are in the final stretch now! I’m getting close to meet the 30 ideas goal  Tara Lazar has set for us. Keep visiting her blog for those inspirational posts!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 22
Anna Staniszewski encourages us to take a look at ourselves and embrace our silliness.
*Being different is my super power!*

DAY 23
Katy Duffield encourages to never give up and write your passion.
*I have Peter Pan Syndrome and refuse to grow up! #PBsRule *

DAY 24
Jesse Klausmeier gives us an example on how to use note cards to inspire ideas.
*How many possibilities can there be?*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _5_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _24_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are you doing?
Only a few days left. Are your ideas like bunnies and multiplying?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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