“Learn New Things to Spread Your Writing and Illustrating Wings” by Joan Y. Edwards
It is so great when you learn new things, it makes you feel like you have wings that have spread wider. It makes you soar high over head so that you can see what you used to do and envision what you are going to do in the future. A change in knowledge creates a change in action. Many times education is the motivation to change and act or react differently. The SCBWI-Carolinas conference was that to me. Here are three things I’d like to share with you:
- I went to the PAL Intensive workshop, “How to Produce a Book Trailer” with Curtis Sponsler, media consultant: Curtis is multi-talented. I learned that your book trailer needs to tell three emotions or emotional situations, for example: abandonment, passion, revenge. These emotions are the ones felt in the story. They will impact your readers. The pitch you used to entice an agent, lure an editor, and keep your readers on edge is the same one you need for your book trailer.
The ending high note of the conference was John Claude Bemis, award-winning author. John says that your brain is really good at figuring out patterns and relationships between one thing and another. Therefore, one of his suggestions for figuring out a story idea when you’re stuck for an answer is to take an idea from anywhere: say to yourself:
- “I’m going to use an idea that I get from page 33 of the SCBWI magazine to name my character.”
- “I’ll use page 7 of the newspaper for a bad thing to happen to my character in Chapter 4.”
In the 20 year hit television series (1990-2010) Law and Order, Dick Wolf used newspaper articles like this in his to get ideas for his stories. Why not you?
- Marietta Zacker, agent with Nancy Gallt Literary Agency, used a memory of her grandfather and a cup of warm milk to teach us to write and illustrate what we are passionate about. Strong passions resonate with the agents, editors, gatekeepers, and readers. Stir, Stir, Stir your ideas that are in your cup of writing with your warm milk. Stir in the strong contrasting emotions, opposite-minded characters, and situations to get them so upset they have to change. Drink them. Let them permeate your body, mind, and soul. Write. Illustrate. Create a work that shares your vision. Enjoy your journey.
Do something today to help you spread your writing and illustrating wings. Experience what you love. Celebrate you.
Live. Write. Illustrate. Revise. Submit.
Joan Y. Edwards
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