March 6 Writing tips, tricks, thoughts

Birthdays: Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806), Ring Lardner, Sr. (1885), Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (1909), Will Eisner (1917), Gabriel García Márquez (1928), Chris Raschka (1959), Patrick deWitt (1975), Daniel H. Wilson (1978),

Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature

Chris Rascha won the 2006 Caldecott Medal for “The Hello, Goodbye Window”

Quote: “Whatever I’m thinking about has got to fit into thirty-two pages, the standard picture book size. So that’s something. But the structure and the form for me are almost the most important, because these will express as much as words and images will the content of the work” – Chris Raschka

Tip: If you are going the traditional publishing route, make a list of ten publishers/agents to send your latest work to. Do your homework. Don’t just pick names out of a list. Study the guidelines and submit to those who handle your kind of writing.

Jumpstart: You come home to find fifteen messages in your voicemail. All from the same number—one you don’t recognize and can’t find through an online search. The first message says, “If you want Darcy to live, you’d better answer.” The messages get increasingly threatening. Who is Darcy? Do you know? What do you do?

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