I was raised on farms where country living and nature has been instill in me. The title of my blog is to remind me to stay positive.
Monday, May 30, 2011
FAMILY CONNECTION-- I know over the years members of the Nida/Niday family since Lewis Nida who wrote history books for schools have been writers/authors and after my accident I received a message from one asking for my uncle's book - The Niday Family House. Check out Ellie's websitehttp://www.louellabryant.com She is the author of adult, teen and picture books.
A new week, a new start to enjoy the moment and create. Mother's Day the sun was high in the sky bringing warmth to the earth. This morning the ever changing sky provided me with several changing scenes - from sunrise to storm clouds/beautiful! Check my facebook for a new photo I took on a foggy morning last week. Another fun morning walk.
SHORT SHORT STORY - up to 2,000words SHORT STORY - 2,000-8,000 words NOVELLA - 8,000-40,000 words NOVELS - 50,000 and up CHECK PUBLISHERS GUIDELINES.
Check out http://www.kidsreads.com Read kid's book in the genre you want to write. Learn by reading. Write down the parts used in the books you read. Title: Is it interesting and why did they chose this title? Strong opening: Setting: Main Character profile: Protagonist profile: Secondary character profile: Characters - think of them as actors in different setting on a stage or movie. Point of view: Who is telling the story ?
Third person is the narrator not a character in the story
First person is a character in the story
What part does each character play in the story? Voices -how each character has his own in dialogue. What conflict is created to make this story interesting? The writer creates mood through setting, characters, and descriptive details. What did you like or dislike about the book/story? How many words? What grade or age group? Who is the publisher? If you like the way the book was written check out this author's website for more helpful insight. A very good book on this for beginners is "Extraordinary Short Story Writing" by Steven Otfinoski
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to the best mother who loved her nine kids with all her heart. She taught us love, patience, to dream, to enjoy life, and to smile. Most of all she introduced us to God who has been our strength in troublesome times. Heaven has been blessed to add Mom as one of the angels in heaven.
OZARKS WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS FOR CHILDREN meet May 7th in Springfield, Missouri. For more information go to http:///www.owaic.org I am a member of this group and I support it even if I am unable to be their because of our meeting " NC Children's Writers & Illustrators" in Mountain Home, AR., on that date. They have a great summer workshop coming up the last of July. If all goes well I'll be there with bells on.
A Pet for Miss Wright just released! Miss Wright is an author and it's a lonely job, so she seeks a pet to keep her company. She tries out several, but the pet she ends up with not only keeps her company, but also helps her through the writing process. I've attached information about it. Please forward this to all the teachers at your school as this would make a great addition to their classroom and individual libraries.
If you or your teachers are going to the IRA Conference in Orlando, stop my the Sleeping Bear Press exhibits. I'll be there signing A Pet for Miss Wright, as well as my other spring release A Book for Black-Eyed Susan.Enjoy A Pet for Miss Wright! Judy Young-- Judy Young Award-Winning Author of Children's Books For information about Books, School Visits and Teacher Workshops, go to:www.judyyoungpoetry.com6155 E. Farm Road 132Springfield, MO 65802(417) 866-1800
LOTS OF NEWS!!! TWO NEW SPRING TITLES!A Pet for Miss Wright released April 1st (no fooling!) A Book for Black-Eyed Susan released in February!
* The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures 2012 LA Young Readers Choice Award Nominee * The Lucky Star
2011 MO Show Me Award Nominee * Minnow and Rose
2012 NY Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List
2012 MO Show Me Readers Award Nominee
2011 PA Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee
2011 AL Camillia Book Award Nominee
2011 DE Diamonds Book Award Nominee
2010 Storytelling World Award For Author Updates Become a Facebook Fan Judy Young Books
I was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for many years,Founder and President of Twin Lakes Writers and North
Central Children's Writers and Illustrators, Friends of the Library board member, Missouri Writers Guild, Ozarks Writers League and I was a member of America Society of Military Writers. I have written for newspapers, magazines and the author of a military book,SUBMARINE STORIES OF WORLD WAR II.
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