I promised I'd tell you some of what I've been reading. Just recently, I've been exploring Darcy Pattison's NOVEL METAMORPHOSIS, Uncommon Ways to Revise
. I had the opportunity to attend a retreat last weekend presented by Darcy. It was a great jumpstart for my novel in progress. Darcy had tons of tips, insider info on the writing business, and lots of encouragement. Just what I needed! Darcy has an amazing website and blog
. If you are children's author or want to know more about children's books, I'd advise you to stop by. She has a wealth of info there.
I also studied two books Darcy suggested, SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS
and THE FIRST FIVE PAGES
. Both are writer how-to gems.
As for what children's literature have I been reading--well, I just finished James Treadwell's ADVENT
. This is the first book in a trilogy of the Arthurian legend, and it is masterfully written. But it's a YA book for sure. Quite an interesting modern take on the ancient legend.
A favorite picture book I read this summer was PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS
. Simple, sweet, and funny. What more could you ask for in a picture book.
Labels: children's authors, children's literature, Darcy Pattison, writing workshops