Howdy friends, I love my
students and love continuing to help them after they are published. So
I have two treats for you today. First up is a video review of Miri
Leshem Pelly's Scribble and Author (it's only 5 mins) followed by a
Guest Post from the equally wonderful Jackie Azua Kramer.
hope you love this book as much as I do. If you can, please buy it from
your local independent bookstore and ask your library to get it in too.
click here for an Amazon link The same goes for Jackie's books. Read on for the link and more as Jackie shares some sage advice for writers.
Before You Write FREE Your Mind by Jackie Azua
writers believe in B.I.C., otherwise, known as ‘butt in chair’. A
writer MUST physically write every day. For me, just imagining that
stark, white, unyielding page daring me to write something new,
interesting and compelling, makes my blood run cold. Oh, I’m feeling
Allow me to get a bit hippy-dippy...I write metaphysically.
When I start to write I never consider the page blank. I’ve been writing
in my head long before I sit down at the keyboard. I call it writing in
my ‘writerly mind’. Here’s a rough idea of what happens before the pen
hits the paper, if you will.
1. I invite the muse in. How? I go
and LIVE my life. Hang out with friends. Go to museums and movies. Cook
and clean. Travel. Play in the natural world. Read. My senses are primed
and open to that spark of an idea.
Now the bones of a story are rattling around in my mind. The story is
ever present, as I shower, do laundry, go walking. I dare say, I even
lose track of time entertained in my writerly mind. When I wake up in
the morning, and before I fall asleep, the story is taking shape.
a movie playing on a loop, I envision the beginning and the end of the
story. I’m not worried about the middle. What’s most important is I know
how I want the reader to FEEL.
I begin to describe to someone (anyone who’ll listen, and often my
hubby) what I’m doing. Conversation often crystallizes my own thinking
far more effectively than solitary reflection.
what--when I put the first words down, there’s no need for perfection. I
know they may change, however, I’m now able to say “hello” and welcome
that same blank page. So, before you write, FREE YOUR MIND.Once
again, do try and buy Jackie's books at your local independent
bookstore but if this is too difficult, you can find them here
at this link.And here's a quick peek at Jackie's latest book
In That’s for Babies, on
the morning of little Prunella’s birthday, she announces she’s a big
girl, and ready for adventure. But one dark and stormy night, she
discovers that growing up is a series of small milestones...two steps
forward and one step back.
Jackie says she loved writing this
story because it shares that it’s okay for big girls to play and
imagine, explore and be vulnerable
Our awesome lineup of authors & illustrators love sharing goodies that will help others!
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhDwho is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Sarah Momo Romero of 'Wake up Little Bat' fame.
5th Mondays will be a mystery post from the vaults.