Posted: March 29, 2013 in Catch Your Dream, Writing, YA
Tags: 2013, Brenda Drake, Catch Your Dream, Creativity, Fiction, Pitch Madness, Sharon M. Johnson, Shelley Watters, Slush Zombies, Summer Heacock, The Breakout, Writing, YA, Young Adult
These past couple of weeks been a pretty crazy roller coaster ride. I entered the 2013 Pitch Madness Contest hosted by the amazing Brenda Drake, Shelley Watters, Sharon M. Johnson and Summer Heacock, and have been anxiously awaiting the results. My pitch, The Breakout, advanced to the second round, but not into the top 60 – the 60 pitches that 14 amazing agents would read and choose their favorites from. I was disappointed, of course, but then got an email a few days later that the Slush Zombies saved 4 pitches. And thanks to Shelley Watters and her fabulous Slush Zombie, mine was one of them!
So the agent picks went on for three agonizing days, but finally, the results came in last night. My pitch was selected by an awesome agent – the one I was hoping would pick mine!
Now the waiting begins again, but I wanted to thank all the Pitch Madness Teams for all their hard work, and of course, the fabulous Slush Zombies. Fingers crossed!
Posted: March 18, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Motivation, Unleash Your Creativity, Writing
Tags: Catch Your Dream, Create, creative, Imagination, Inspiration, MIles Davis, Quotes, Writing
Inspiration for my day. Thought I’d share. Enjoy!
What creative thing have you done today?
Posted: March 7, 2013 in Creativity, Popular, Writing
Tags: BBC, Creativity, Fiction, Imagination, Inspiration, Story Telling, Top Gear, Writing, YA
I am not a car girl, but I love to watch BBC’s Top Gear. Yet, I don’t watch it for the expensive cars or races. I watch for the adventure that takes place every week. You never know where the hosts will end up – or what they’ll catch on fire. There’s always a story to be shown, whether in a Ferrari, in a Pinto or in a mini-van. That’s the beauty of the show – the creative story telling.
Our writing should be the same. We should always look for creative ways to show our stories, to show the conflict or journey of our characters. And from watching the show, I’ve learned a lot more about story telling than I have about cars.
Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Top Gear:
- Faster is Not Always Better – Our stories need time to percolate. Sometimes the first thought we have isn’t the most creative or isn’t the least predictable. When we strive to put out our best work, it takes more time, but our patience will be rewarded.
- Road Test Your Work Before You Send It Out – Critique partners, writers groups and beta readers are vital to making your story the best it can be before you send it out to agents or editors. You can get a feel for what’s working or what isn’t, and still have time to make changes.
- You Don’t Have to Know Everything About Writing to Be Successful – When there’s something you don’t know about writing your story, don’t be afraid to find out. Ask someone – a mentor or writing friend, writing books, conferences, blogs, online classes, etc. The list goes on and on with resources there to help you learn the ins and outs of writing and publishing.
- A Little Humor Can Liven Up Your Story – The BBC Top Gear hosts are so funny. You don’t know what they’ll say or do next, which is what makes the show so successful in my opinion. A little humor can lighten the tension, or may bring the reader into the story more, even help them identify with the characters.
- An Adventure in Fiction Can End Up in a Totally Different Place Than You Thought – When I start a story, it never turns out exactly as I planned. Like the show, it goes through ups and down, maybe a few fiery crashes – or a near dive off a cliff – before I find the best ending. So don’t be afraid to go on the journey, think of all the possibilities.
After all, isn’t that why we write fiction? To explore new ideas and stories, have some fun along the way?
What do you love most about fiction?
Posted: February 25, 2013 in Catch Your Dream, Writing, YA
Tags: Books, Contest, Creativity, Dystopian, Fiction, San Francisco Writers Conference, The Breakout, Writers, Writing, YA, Young Adult
I am very pleased to announce that my entry to the San Francisco Writers Conference Contest recently won best Children’s/YA novel. Participants entered the first 2,500 words of their novels to be judged by a panel of experts. Finalists in four categories were announced back in January, and the winners were announced at the conference. I’m honored to have been chosen.
Thank you to the all the contest judges, the SFWC organizers and the contest director.
For more about The Breakout, click here.
And don’t forget to check out the other contest winners here.
If you’re interested in the competition, here is the website for the San Francisco Writers Conference.