Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Month: October 2017 (Page 1 of 9)

Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs

Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs
by J. Patrick Lewis (Author), Jane Yolen (Author), and Jeffrey Stewart Timmins (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Macabre, ironic, and witty epitaphs share how prehistoric creatures like the terror bird, the woolly mammoth, and the T-rex met their demise. This poetry collection is organized by era, with posthumous poems paired with short secondary text providing additional, factual information about each creature.

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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics
by Jean L. S. Patrick (Author) and Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Lucile “Ludy” Godbold was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine and an exceptional athlete. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy tried the shot put and she made that iron ball sail with her long, skinny arms. But when Ludy qualified for the first Women’s Olympics in 1922, Ludy had no money to go.

Thanks to the help of her college and classmates, Ludy traveled to Paris and won the gold medal with more than a foot to spare. Hooray for Ludy!

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Nonfiction Monday

It’s Nonfiction Monday!

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Just Keep Writing

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

For many writers, that “one thing” is the story we are writing.

Ha!

Well, speaking for myself, I find this to be the case when the writing isn’t going well, when the words aren’t flowing, and things are just NOT working out.

Hmm . . .

But if I STOP working on the story at this point, it only makes things worse.

Sigh.

Not working on the story when I am stumped makes it a BIG deal,

and that makes it scarier,

and if I put it off even longer . . .

it gets even MORE difficult.

Writing a book is just like being the main character in a book.

When the story begins, things are going just fine…
and then the trouble starts. (This is the end of Act 1.)
In Act 2, things get worse . . .
and worse . . .
and WORSE!
Act 2 ends with a moment of ENLIGHTENMENT
when the main character (or the writer!) figures out what to do . . .
In Act 3, there is a massive struggle,
and finally, success!

In MOST of the story, the main character does NOT succeed.
Things go wrong — over and over and OVER again.

For MOST of the story, the writer does NOT succeed.
Things go wrong — over and over and OVER again.

The only way the main character (or the writer!) will succeed is to KEEP GOING . . .

Is it scary?
Yes.
Is it frustrating?
Yes.
Is it how the creative process works?
Yes.

If you don’t keep writing, you won’t get to the end of Act 2.
If you don’t keep writing, you won’t reach the moment of ENLIGHTENMENT.

Will you do one scary thing
each day –and keep writing?

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