Submissions Week

This was a watershed week of submissions for me. I have spent most of the year reworking and editing a number of promising writing pieces, and working out whether some earlier projects are short stories, picture books or novels.  Sometimes I don’t know in the early drafts what the final form will be. Each pieceContinue reading “Submissions Week”

Finding the Heart

The last few months I have been revisiting picture book drafts and short stories, that didn’t feel like they were quite there yet. Something special was missing.  I just couldn’t put my finger on it.  But I didn’t want to give up on the potential. I had to have a huge break from them toContinue reading “Finding the Heart”

Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft

I am looking down the pathway of writing my way to the mountain of my completed first draft. Using my plan and outline as a map and continuing to read books that inspire me when I become stuck, I have reached my fourth chapter. I am following the plan, but letting the characters help meContinue reading “Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft”

The Writer Looks for Her Song

The highlight of the week was receiving¬† package of books that I had ordered on line, including my favourite poet, Maya Angelou! I am busy reading them now.¬† The Murphy book, Pearl Verses the World, was just lovely~ so looking forward to meeting Sally on the 26th of August and asking her to sign it.Continue reading “The Writer Looks for Her Song”

CYA 2017 Highlights

The absolute highlight of the CYA conference for me was catching up with new and old writing friends, and seeing many of them successfully place in the competitions.¬† The absolute look of joy on their faces as they were rewarded for their efforts in working on their craft and then having the courage to submitContinue reading “CYA 2017 Highlights”