Monday, June 24, 2013

WRITING WITH FLAIR, An Informative Blog for Children's Writers


So you’ve decided to write a fabulous story, something new that no one else has ever thought of writing.  It should be a breeze, right? Wrong. You can’t just jump into writing haphazardly (well you could but that way will take more time in the long run because you’ll need to keep backing up to fix structure and inconsistencies), you need a plan, a map, some sort of idea of where to start and where you're heading.
The best way to begin your journey is by reading. Read books, read blogs, read to learn, but also read because you like to. The main focus here is getting those ideas on paper, which leads me to a famous quote that one of my favorite authors Jane Yolen most eloquently says to do, “butt-in-chair” (BIC.)

Whether you are a beginning writer or a seasoned pro, you must always be on the lookout for new ideas and new ways to make your ideas sing. You can discover those ideas anywhere, in long walks, watching television or sipping hot coffee, this one always works for me. Ha. I’m doing it now! I spend the first hours of my day catching up on emails, reading newsletters I’ve subscribed to and checking my face book groups for writing and agent news. You never know when something you read might present you a great idea for a new story, character or setting. When I get caught up in household chores and running errands (which makes it hard to think about my writing), but when I put (BIC), I put those thoughts behind me and focus on what I love, my music and my writing. Sometimes you need to say (stop), and tune-in to your inner most thoughts to hear the music.

As a published children’s author and poet, I’m constantly on the lookout for new authoring tips from other published writers, editors and agents in my field. A few places you can look are on the blogs of other writers. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a few of my favorite blogs for gathering such information. And you’ll find a world of ideas when you start researching regularly.

Do you have any tips you would like to share?

As always, we wish you the best with your writing and hope this post will be of help to someone. We would love to hear from you or answer your writing questions in the comment section below. J



As Promised, My Personal Fabulous Go To List:


C.S. Frye (Cali)  (TurtleCreekTales)


  1. Thanks for sharing your favorites. Off to check them out!

  2. Oh, Lovingmama, you are so welcome! Thanks so much for the comment:) Sue