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Tag Archive 'Writer’s groups'

Chopping off the Fish Head

I have been waiting for several months for the latest revision to perk a bit on the back burner before jumping back in. Just before I turned in my manuscript for the SCBWI conference critiques, it hit me. I had it all wrong. When my husband goes fishing, he has the presence of mind to […]

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Prompt me?

Last night’s SCBWI meeting was great fun. Pat Miller brought writing exercises from her favorite writing books. She sure can pick ‘em – both the books and the exercises were terrific. Her handout featured a neat quote: Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. – Norman Mailer […]

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Reimagine

At our SCBWI meeting this month, three Houston SCBWI writers, Vonna Carter, Millie Martin and  Lynne Kelly Hoenig discussed a Darcy Pattison seminar they had attended on rewriting their books. Interestingly enough, the spin that this seminar put on their revision was using a ton of wonderfully useful exercises to evaluate their manuscript. (It sounded so […]

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I shared a revised scene in critique group this week that got me thinking again about how to add sensory detail to writing. Here is the clip from the story: The crisp air of the late spring afternoon brushed my cheeks as I cued Callie for her left canter lead. Making a balanced turn at […]

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Read It Out Loud

Better yet, get someone else to read it for you. I was reintroduced to this wonderful practice last month when I attended my second SCBWI-Houston meeting. I was pretty excited about finding a knowledgeable critique group and really wanted to hear what they had to say about my Middle Grade work. I’m used to working for […]

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