• Illustration

    #illo52weeks – Week 1: Fairytale

    Yes, it’s that time of the year again when you are up for new challenges. I cannot believe how quickly last years illustration challnge founded by Tania McCartney went. And I still cannot believe I am going to join up again! Will I have the time? The energy? The inspiration? I hope so and I will try my hardest to participate each week no matter how busy or uninspired I may find myself. I will submit an illustration each week no matter how I feel about it. And we can be our own worse enemies where judging our own work is concerned. So here is the first illustration of this years…

  • Manuscripts,  writing challenge

    ReviMo – Day 3 and 4

    Phew! The days are whizzing by! I am busy with kids on their holidays, a birthday boy, joining in #illo52weeks and ReviMo – so yesterday even though I participated in Day 3 of ReviMo, I didn’t get time write a post about it. So I am doing 2 in one today. Day 3 Revisions I revisited a relatively new manuscript which was begun during last years PiBoIdMo 2013 writing challenge This story came about because of a few nick nacks I found whilst on one of my weekly walks (there is a lot of sitting down with writing and illustrating) It has been critiqued once, and rewritten twice. Yesterday was…

  • Critique groups,  Manuscripts,  Picture Books

    Join a critique group

    If you want to be a writer, whether it be for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult or adult novels, whatever the age or genre the best thing you can do for yourself and your craft is to join a critique group. I have been in my critique group for nearly three years now and not only has my own writing changed and improved with time  but it has also been a joy to watch the everyone else improve their writing too.   It will always amaze me at how differently everyone sees your own work. How useful it is when errors are spotted that you had not…

  • writing challenge

    New Year – New Goals

    This year I am going to really go for it and work my hardest to make my dream come true. To achieve this, there were a few things I had to do. The list below includes some of the things I have already put into action: ALREADY DONE Join SCBWI (Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators) Participate in e-mail critiques as well as face-to-face ones with my critique group (which I recommend to anyone embarking on a similar journey) Buy/borrow ‘Writing Picture Books’ by Ann Whitford Paul (coming in the post any day now) STILL TO DO Attend more critique group sessions Participate in more e-mail critiques Polish manuscripts that…