Alice Pope at www.cwim.blogspot.com referenced a word counting tool at Write Words, a Writer’s Community website http://www.writewords.org.uk/ that I tried on my longest manuscript. It’s easy to do; just paste in your manuscript and in a flash (actually quicker than a flash), it counts the number of incidences of words or phrases. After I got over the number of incidences of the word “the” (YIKES!), I looked for “was” “were” and other “to be” inactive verbs. I did a better job on those than I did the dreaded “the” (see, I did it again!) http://www.writewords.org.uk/word_count.asp Try it!
I’ve been working on a new title for Lizzy and the Twisted Sisters because it is too boring for such a wild ride of a story. Send me your ideas within 7 days (November 24) and the winner will receive a free manuscript critique by (insert drum roll…..) ME (you thought I was going to say some really famous editor or agent, dincha?). Really, though, who doesn’t like a fresh set of eyes on a new manuscript? So, send me your title ideas. You can read about the story if you click on “Manuscripts” above. Now get crackin’!
My family, friends, dog, librarian, and writer buddies will be glad to know I now belong to a formal critique group to review drafts 1-15 of my WsIP (works in progress). This should free up lots of lives around the world. 🙂
Boni Ashburn blogged about Tara Lazar’s month long adventure: PiBoIdMo wherein authors share their ideas about ideas, writers gather their own ideas during the month, submit them, and possibly, maybe win a review by an agent. Cool, huh? Check it out. http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/piboidmo-is-here/
Plus, you get this nifty badge created by Ryan Hipp to display on your website. I like freebies.
This is a very late quick recap of the SCBWI-MI fall conference. Many thanks to the organizers and ADCOM members for a great weekend. The facility was the best yet (Yarrow Golf and Conference Center in Augusta, MI) and if I can say that after an 8.5 hour drive one way in the pouring rain and mostly in the dark, it must have been good. Topics were timely, presenters were enlightening, writers and illustrators were friendly and encouraging…So worth the effort…
My perceptive and cool brother-in-law, who is excited for my website “coming out”, just sent me this perfect quote: “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with her pants down’ – Edna St. Vincent Millay
This weekend, I revisited Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley (Tricycle Press) for a classroom talk I’m doing on how text and illustration work together in children’s picture books. (I often think how cool it would be to illustrate my own story but since I can only draw smiley faces, I’ll have to give that job to someone else.) I wonder if this text would have caught an editor’s eye on it’s own? “1. Oooopsie!” “2. There’s nothing under the bed…” “3. Say AHHHH…” Wonderful book. Wonderful marriage of word and image.
Are you attending the conference October 2-4 in Kalamazoo? It’s a great time to re-connect, re-energize, and make new contacts. I’ve just learned I “won” the lottery to meet with Tim Travaglini, senior editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penquin Putnam BFYR).
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