Tuesday Writing Tips: Here, There, and Everywhere

So we’re skidding  into the last days of November, scrambling to finish what we started, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, back on the first days of November.

If you’re participating in NaNo, I hope your words have been many and mostly making sense. I completely forgot to mention my guest post over at Agent Courtney’s blog, but it’s not too late for you take a tip from that timely post.

I’m caught up (just!) for Picture Book Idea Month and I am not going to lie–I have been looking out the window practically every day to find an idea. So there are an inordinate number of picture books featuring squirrels, dogs, joggers, leaves falling off trees, decaying pumpkins… Well, I think you get the picture (Ugh. Sorry about that.). But honestly, there are a few gems in the file, so I stand by my tip: ideas are everywhere, if you just take a look around.

And I just zipped over to check out The Next Big Thing over at Sioux’s blog and Debra’s blog and I cannot wait to read these finished manuscripts! Not just because I really like both of these women and their writing, but also because they both came up with great synopsis lines for their works-in-progress. If you can write a great one-line synopsis of your manuscript, then you’ve got a great handle on what your book’s about. And what’s more, you know exactly how you want to pitch it to an agent or publisher.

That’s a golden writing tip, too. So take your pick of a tip–and cross that November finish line with a wow! (And maybe a whew, too!)


5 thoughts on “Tuesday Writing Tips: Here, There, and Everywhere

  1. Wow…posting on the Muffin, guest posting, AND posting great stuff here. I don’t know how you do it all and do it so well, but I love reading your posts. Thanks for the shout out, too! Answering the WIP questions really inspired me to keep working on my story.
    And P.S. HOW can it be the end of November already??

    • I have NO idea where November went, Deb! But thanks for making me feel productive–I looked at my calendar this morning and thought, “Geez, Cath, you haven’t done a thing ALL month.”

      But if you enjoy the blog posts, then my work here is done. 😉

  2. Cathy–Thank you for the shout out. Yes, November is almost over, my daughter and her family are leaving on Friday, and NaNo was “done” for me a week ago.

    What am I left with? Lots of great memories of time spent spoiling Riley, a few new fat rolls, and the beginning of a novel that I’m really liking…so far.

    • I’m really liking that novel, too, Sioux! And I’m glad you finished NaNo enough to spend time with your Riley. Sorry about the new fat rolls, but does it help to know you are not alone? 😉

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