Tidbits and Links

26 Jan

The time I’m going to let other people do the talking. I usually spend a few minutes at the beginning of my day reading about stuff in “the biz” of writing, especially kid lit. But just in general, it’s a way to get my brain focused on writing. Here are some of the things I’ve read this week:

The writers of South Park explain story and plot. They talk about the method they use to make the structure of their show, but it works with anything trying to tell a story. It’s the difference between “The king died. Then the queen died” and “The king died. Therefore, the queen died of a broken heart.”

Stephen Colbert talks with children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. The link will take you to the first part, but stay there and view part 2 as well. I love Colbert, and Maurice Sendak is refreshingly irreverent about his own writing, and about many other things.

Two authors from our own SCBWI region make the YALSA list. This is the young adult branch of the ALA, which is my favorite genre. Carol Lynch Williams and Sara Zarr, both from Utah, made the list.

Ten Shakespeare Quotes you use every day. Remember, you too can create new phrases and expressions. It will increase the unique voice of your writing. Avoid those tired cliches and think how to write more original thoughts.

This link takes you to a contest from a friend of mine, Kelly Milner Halls. She’s an amazing children’s author from Spokane.

Darcy Pattison is a fabulous writing teacher and author in her own right. Check out this hilarious book trailer.

If you didn’t know that Henry Winkler writes children’s books with our own SCBWI Executive Director, Lin Oliver, you should check them out. I’m usually not a fan of celebrities as authors, but Henry is good.

As an editor, I find that beginning writers often use quotation marks unnecessarily. Check this out for a good laugh:

Bookshop Talk is a web site that promotes positive book reviews. They feel there are too many people ripping authors apart, so they wanted to put more positive reviews out there.

My friend, Gregory Taylor, is the media specialist (aka, librarian) at Hillside Jr. High in Boise. Here’s his video blog this week.


Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Idaho


6 responses to “Tidbits and Links

  1. Laura Dion-Jones

    January 27, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Thanks for sharing all the terrific writing sites and tips.

  2. Janis McCurry

    January 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Excellent resources. Thanks, Neysa.

  3. Mary Vine

    January 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I liked the site on “quotation marks”. Ha! Especially the “massage” one-the quotation marks makes me think it’s on the illegal side.

  4. Terri Farley

    January 28, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Thanks for all the helpful links. Good thought to pass them on to the test of us!

  5. Johanna Harness

    January 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Great list! 🙂

  6. Peggy Staggs

    January 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Great list. Love Shakespeare.


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