So I decided to jump on the Twitter bandwagon because I wanted to see what the fuss is about. After one intro session, I learned it is easy to get immersed in twittertopia for too long -- so many people, so much sharing! -- but there is a ton of helpful information there. For instance, check out this post by agent Mary Kole at www.kidlit.com: Two signs of overwriting and why it's a problem: http://ow.ly/6buRq#writing#kidlit.
What do you think? Do you need to simplify your writing?
I can now say there are few better feelings in life for a writer than to see actual drawings for her debut picture book. Even in the sketch phase, Christina Wald (www.christinawald.com) has drawn what I pictured in my mind as I wrote -- without any conversation between us -- and I'm in awe of her talent. I cannot wait to see the finished work and to share it with readers.
I also appreciate being kept in the loop by my editor. An author herself, she must understand how wonderful it is to see a new book come alive.
I love a good road trip. Family togetherness, lots of peanut butter and honey sandwiches at roadside parks, sampling gas station restrooms across the country...3,784 miles later (from northern Michigan to northern Montana and back) and we've all grown - and I don't mean just larger kiesters from sitting. We heard hoary marmots whistle in Glacier National Park, saw eagles soar across the faces of presidents at Mount Rushmore, and tasted freeze dried pad thai at a mountaintop cabin. It was a wonderful way to fill the mind with new images -- and story ideas!
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.