Writing Resources: Before and After the Book Deal by Karley Conklin

writing resources

"Remember that 'author' is always a temporary job description . . . Your permanent job description is 'writer' and that's what you are even when no one else is looking." --Author Kristoper Jansma (quoted in Before and After the Book Deal, pp. 333) Today's publishing world offers a plethora of writing resources. A simple search…

3 Editing Tips from a Woodcarver by Karley Conklin

editing tips form a woodcarver

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft You've probably never thought to ask for editing tips from a woodcarver. I normally wouldn't, either. Yet this…

Bird By Bird: A Timeless Writing Resource by Karley Conklin

bird by bird

"'So why does our writing matter again?' they ask. Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." --Anne Lamott, pp. 237 Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott should be on every…

Barking with The Big Dogs: Hope and Honesty for Children by Karley Conklin

hope and honesty

"It is necessary to be hopeful to write successfully for children, yes, because children themselves are generically hopeful, but the quality of hopefulness is not an immature quality." -Natalie Babbitt ( pp 42) Natalie Babbitt's book Barking with the Big Dogs is a collection of her essays and speeches written over several years. In all the…

Picture-Driven Stories: Learning to Think in Pictures

Learning to Think In Pictures

"A picture book illustrator needs to tell a story with pictures. A picture book author needs to show the same story with words." -Jean Matthew Hall  When I attended last year's Write2Ignite conference, I went to Jean Matthew Hall's discussion, What is a Picture Book. One of her main points was that a true picture book tells the…

Book Nook: By Way of Introduction

If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you. Maybe it's not quite that easy, but if you want to learn something, go to the source. --Natalie Goldberg Hello everyone, My name is Karley Conklin, and I’m a new blogger for Write2Ignite. I've been able to attend Write2Ignite on…