“Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit.” – Alfred Adler
Your writing challenge for the next two weeks is to choose one of the six word groups below and write a short story that uses all of the words mentioned. To make this even more challenging, you can roll a die to determine which set of three words you must use. (All of the words in the lists are from cards randomly drawn from the game Apples to Apples.)
- Chickens, Gossip, Zen
- The Little Mermaid, The JFK Assassination, Scene of the Crime
- Quicksand, Pro Wrestling, A Crawl Space
- Confucius, Roman Numerals, Dr. Kevorkian
- Firefighters, Jimmy Stewart, Leather
- The 1950s, Pond Scum, Marriage
*This writing prompt was inspired by an activity Justin Tappan had us do at our critique group.
Back in June, I attended the 2017 New Jersey Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference. I learned a lot and got to meet many interesting writers, illustrators, agents, and editors.
In her blog post, “How to Prepare for a Writer’s Conference,” Julia Yong offers a writer’s conference packing list and tips for how to get the most out of a writer’s conference while there.
Although Julia’s packing list is very thorough, I would like to add four more items to it.
- Tissues – You never know when you or someone else will need one.
- Hand sanitizer or baby wipes – You’ll be meeting a lot of people. If you or one of them are sick, you’ll want to be able to clean your hands. Getting into a bathroom can be difficult at conferences.
- Band-Aids – Like tissues, you never know when you or someone else will need one.
- Dental floss – If you have a pitch session after a meal, you’ll want to make sure the agent isn’t distracted by something stuck in your teeth.
I hope you find “How to Prepare for a Writer’s Conference” helpful when preparing for your next writer’s conference!
Hello everyone! Happy Independence Day!
In honor of our country’s 241st birthday, I decided to do a theme based writing prompt which will also serve as practice in following submission guidelines.
Your challenge is to write a flash fiction story with an obvious beginning, middle, and end that fits into the theme.
Theme: Red, White, and Blue
Word Count: 1,000 words