Saturday, September 28, 2013

Encouragement for Writers: from the SCBWI Carolina's Conference 2013

This weekend I'm at the SCBWI Carolina's Conference in Charlotte, NC.  So I'm signing in with just a brief  note of encouragement for all those Children's/YA writers who are still submitting, and waiting, submitting -- getting rejections or perhaps a request for more pages or a full -- but still waiting, still writing, still submitting...still waiting...

This great honest poem about the writing life written by Marge Piercy was shared by Author JJ Johnson yesterday evening as she told her story of submitting, waiting, submitting, and waiting...and finally getting published.

We'll look forward to an author-tips interview with JJ Johnson this fall. Check out her books at the link above.

But today without futher adoo...


May it encourage you.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Story-Boarding for Writers -- with Author Mary Carroll Moore

Having trouble with plotting?  Consider using a story-board as a visual outline of the ups and downs of your book's story and plot.

Here author Mary Carroll Moore explains the technique.  (The video takes about 5 minutes to load.)

Happy Plotting!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Winners Announced - Writermorphosis Summer Comments Contest!

It's Official!  After a summer of commenting, the winners of the Writermorphosis Comments Contest are being announced today!

As per the rules of the contest, each time you wrote a comment on the blog this summer your name was entered into the Comments Contest Jar.  The more comments you made, the more chances you had to win!

After all comments were collected the names of the commenters were mixed together (your name was entered once for every comment you made,) and then they were somewhat "re-shuffled" by our panel of expert Contests Assistants as seen in the brief video below:

After a thorough shuffling of the names, Contest Assistant One-Dot-Black-Nose chose the winning names.

Of course Linda A was our first winner!  Linda you have been a huge supporter of Writermorphosis throughout the summer, commenting on every post! And it has paid off!


You win the wonderful book Ron's Big Mission Illustrated by Expert Author/Illustrator Don Tate!

Our second winner is Carol Baldwin! 

CONGRATULATIONS CAROL! Thanks for commenting!

You win a copy of Non-fiction Expert Author Steve Sheinkin's recently released YA book Lincoln's Grave Robbers!

Each book will contain a writing tip from that author on the inside cover!


And THANKS TO the 1400 writers who continue to read this blog every month! 

Stay tuned for more expert Author Interviews coming up this fall!

- Janelle

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut on How to Write a Short Story

Today we have some advice from one of the Masters!  If you're thinking of writing a short story, this minute and 1/2 long video is a great starting point!