What’s in it for me?

Here are a few basics I gleaned at Oklahoma SCBWI Conferences.

  • Set realistic writing goals. A paragraph a day is better than writing pages every 2 or 3 weeks.
  • Start with a hook.
  • Show don’t tell. Telling: Jimmy felt afraid. Showing: Jimmy’s hands shook and his hair stood on end.
  • Read the kind of books you want to write.
  • Put your story into a sentence stating the character and the conflict. ___________overcomes ________.
  • Point of View is driven by the story not the writer. You may need to rewrite your manuscript in different POV to see what is best.
  • Don’t use adverbs.
  • Use specific nouns. Use Pines not trees.
  • Use active verbs. Sang is stronger than was singing.
  • Be careful when writing in first person. Every word has to come from the character’s mouth and has to show the character’s personality.
  • Do not overuse figurative language such as alteration, similes and metaphors.
  • Voice is the spirit of the story. It is a combination of dialog narrative, characterization and writing style.
  • Plot out your story arc.
  • For picture books, make a picture book dummy to see pacing.
  • Word count for picture books should be under 300 words.
  • Leave room for the illustrator when writing picture books.

This is just the tip if the iceberg. If you are serious about writing for children, these conferences are worth your time and money.  For more details go to http://www.scbwi.org  and click on the Oklahoma region. 


Striking at the Reader’s Heart-SCBWI Spring Conference

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an organization you need to be a part of if you are serious about writing for children. Not only because of the quality training but also because of the opportunities to submit your manuscripts, the encouragement and networking. Go to SCBWI.org and go to local chapters and click on Oklahoma to register for April 6-7th conference.sunset-hands-love-woman.jpg You will never regret it!

For more information about our conference and to register for this event