Friday, March 30, 2012

The WIFYR Confrenece is Coming!

I am very excited about the June 18-22, 2012, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference in Sandy, Utah.

This year WIFYR is offering its first annual fellowship of $1000!

For all children's authors seeking to be published and/or improve their work, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is the conference not to be missed. This year the five-day conference offers nine morning workshops for the chance to get your manuscript critiqued by an experience author/illustrator/ editor faculty and afternoon classes. http://www.wifyr. com/ Check it out and register on line!

This year the conference is sponsoring it's first-annual Writing Contest and Scholarship. Don't miss you chance at a $1,000 AWARD!!!!

http://www.wifyr. com/blog/ 2012/03/09/ 1rst-annual- wifyr-writing- competition- and-fellowship- award/"

You know you want to register! You know you want the moolah! This conference is fantastic!

Friday, March 23, 2012

What Is Success Show with VS Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook 03/23 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join hosts VS Grenier & Marsha Cook on March 23 at 1PM EST – 12PM CT – 11AM MT – 10AM PST.

This is a discussion based show. Marsha and Virginia will be happy to take your calls if you have questions.

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This week's guest: Jo-Anne Vandermeulena Canadian author, expert blogger, producer and hostess of “Authors Articulating” on Blogtalkradio, founder and marketer of the online marketing business—“Premium Promotional Services”.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Post: 31 Story Sparkers

Instead of the usual article, here are 31 story sparkers you can try out over the next several days. Have fun!

First Lines
Use these to start your story.
1. It was a gift her mother gave her on her eighteenth birthday.
2. The door slammed with finality.
3. Alice tried to remember who had given her the key.

Cliche Starters
Use these cliches to spark a story.
4. burn the midnight oil
5. bed and board
6. an idle mind is the devil's playground
7. the raw end of the deal
8. keep your fingers crossed

Random Story Words
Use each set of words in your story.
9. lab instructor, computer, garden, spinach
10. painter, cooking oil, hallway, cake
11. prisoner, ruler, stairwell, running shoes
12. flight attendant, torn page, river, cookie jar
13. security guard, broccoli, kitchen, hat

Quick Prompts
Use these to jumpstart your writing.
14. Write about how a first kiss should feel like.
15. What do you usually do on Sunday?
16. Write about what you'd cook for an enemy.
17. Write about your favorite form of relaxation.

Quick Characters
You control these characters...what would they do?
18. Nicole Bryant and Simon Bantle meet five years into the future. One of them gets ill.
19. Veronica Richter and Brendan Sell meet when a mutual acquaintance introduces them to each other. One of them becomes resigned to his/her fate.
20. Donna Francis and Lowell Barry meet when she is preparing for a religious ceremony. One of them writes and sends a letter.
21. Sonia Salvador and Mike Childers meet in a rental car office. One of them is an only child.
22. Carolyn Wilson and Lyle Mitchell meet while he is waiting for his date. One of them had a rough childhood.

Projective Identification
Write from their point of view.
23. a ladder with missing rungs
24. a one-size-fits-all shirt
25. a birdcage
26. a rusty peeler
27. a milk bottle

List Generator
Nothing can get those juices flowing than starting a list!
28. The 7 Top Things that Could Happen to Bad People
29. 10 Best Reasons to Share A Room with Your Best Friend
30. 21 Signs It's Time to Take a Bath
31. The 10 Top Things to Say to a Girl/Boy Who Got Dumped

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Utah Children's Writers: What is Fiction with VS Grenier

Utah Children's Writers: What is Fiction with VS Grenier:

I loved how the ICL broke down what fiction is to a writer when I first began my journey down the world of ink. They say, “Fiction is something made up—a story that originates in the mind of its creator and is then set down in writing. The whole idea is to use language in wildly creative ways, invent incredible worlds and develop wonderful—sometimes crazy—characters and plots.”

Simply put, fiction is based on facts or circumstances from our everyday lives. You can use memories, real events or even elements of facts you have learned in school, from an article, documentary or book, however, fiction only has touches of truth. The rest of fiction is an altered reality that seems real, but isn’t. Things happening can be plausible or not even possible as long as you can get your reader to believe in what is happen and suspend their disbelief.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

SPECIAL GUEST POST on Writer and Dreamer at work

I was asked by a long time friend and writer to share a bit about my past and how I started out as a writer, editor and founder of Stories for Children Publishing. I welcome you to stop by and leave a comment.

“SPECIAL GUEST POST”: Virginia Grenier – From Buyer to Writer

I am so excited to be finally welcoming a very special guest whom I have known,  oh gosh!, for a few years now, since she critiqued a draft of my novel (still a work in progress), after I found her on the internet.  Very green and not knowing anything about how to approach editors or agents, or about writing in general,  I remember my email asking if she would take a look and tell me whether it was worth my while continuing or should we just bin my story.   Her warm and surprising email was the catalyst to my writing life today, and I still have that email.  She is also the angel who came to my rescue with a copy of the critiqued novel, on hearing my copy had been stolen from my car the other week along with my laptop.
At the time when I “met” Virginia she was already a published author and had just started an online children’s magazine, as well as being a freelance editor, and Mum of two.  Over the years her writing life has grown with the Magazine website, boasting, educator pages, featured quests, and teacher/parent resources.  She now has workshops, has her own publishing company, still works as a freelance editor, runs a critique service, newsletter and now has her own radio show “Blog Talk” with Marsha Cook, interviewing authors, publishers and agents.  Not to mention “Blog Hops” and “World of Ink Tours” and assisting authors with Book Trailers…  Coming out from hiding in my side bar and here to tell us how she made her dreams come true….. my friend, Writer/Publishing guru……. Virginia Grenier.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

What Is Success Show with VS Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook 03/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join hosts VS Grenier & Marsha Cook on March 9 at 1PM EST – 12PM CT – 11AM MT – 10AM PST. 

This is a discussion based show. Marsha and Virginia will be happy to take your calls if you have questions.
Call in number - 714-242-5259 

Special Show with Meg LaBorde Kuehn (pronounced “keen”), Chief Operating Officer of Kirkus Media

 Meg LaBorde Kuehn began her career in publishing almost 14 years ago as a literary publicist. She was executive vice president and then chief operating officer of Greenleaf Book Group and later served as deputy publisher at Bard Press. Meg has worked with more than 300 authors, launched multiple bestsellers and was profiled in Publishers Weekly’s “50 under 40” feature.

Kirkus recruited Meg in February 2011 to the position of vice president of business development and then named her chief operating officer in January 2012.

About Kirkus - Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for almost 80 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they’re released. For more information, visit

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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Writing Mama Show with Host VS Grenier 03/05 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Come listen to a special Writing Mama show March 5 , 2012 at 6pm EST - 5pm CT - 4pm MST - 3pm PT.

BTR’s World of Ink Network: The Writing Mama show with hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth will be chatting with author Magdalena Ball.

Magdalena Ball is the author of the newly released novel (for adult readers) Black Cow, Sleep Before Evening, Repulsion Thrust, and a wide number of collaborations, anthologies and poetry chapbooks.

Grab a a free mini flip book of Black Cow here:

The Writing Mama show will air live, March 5 , 2012 at 6pm EST. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guest Post: A Writer's Credo by Shery Arrieta-Russ

Writer, write with passion.
The kind of writing you produce shall oftentimes reflect the current state of your emotions. Be indifferent and your writing will be indifferent. Be cheerful and watch the words dance across your page. Whenever you sit down to write, put your heart and soul in it. Write with passion. Write as if you won't live tomorrow.

Writer, write with purpose.
Be goal-oriented. Do you write everyday with the purpose of getting published tomorrow?

Writer, write with awareness.
Be alert. Be observant. Extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. Your job as a writer is to capture as many of these things and write them down, weave stories, and create characters that jump out of the pages of your notebook. Don't let anything escape your writer's eye, not even the way the old man tries to subtly pick his nose or the way an old lady fluffs her hair in a diner. What you can't use today, you can use tomorrow so it is good to store these in your memory or better yet, have these jotted down on your little notebook.

Writer, write with your voice.
Don't even try to copy your favorite writer's writing style. That's being unfair to your writer self. You were given the talent to write, not the talent to be a copycat. Learn to trust your own voice. Write how you are supposed to write. Write what your inner voice is telling you. When someone reads your story, they won't say, "Oh, her style is like (insert a famous writer's name here)..."

Writer, write with clarity.
You're a writer, therefore, you have no excuse to have your words buried in mediocrity. Write to be understood. Writing in a precise and clear style is the stuff that makes a writer successful in connecting with her readers. So get rid of those big words, unnecessary phrases, dangling modifiers and what-have-yous. You aren't writing to impress anyone. You're writing to tell a story and make your readers understand what you are telling them.

Writer, write with confidence.
Tackle each writing assignment with confidence. There will be days that you will feel you are writing blah. There will be times that you will get rejection letters. There will be times that your finished product will fall short of your or your editor's expectations. Don't let these discourage you. Learn and grow from the rejections, the bad days, the shortcomings. Believe in yourself.

Writer, write with discipline.
Writing, like any other form of art, work or talent, requires discipline. It won't ever be enough that you say to yourself that you are a writer. Only when you write and write with discipline can you call yourself a writer. Like playing a musical instrument, your writing will get out of tune if you don't practice and instill discipline within. Write everyday. Write even though you're in a bad mood. Put yourself in a writing routine.

Writer, write with proper grammar.
Correct grammar is the beginning of writing well. Master it, and when you do, you'll know which ones to break.

Writer, write with the richness of your experience.
Write what you know. This is the beginning for writers. Write about your experiences, what you have learned, what you have lived through. There is a lesson in there somewhere that your readers will find interesting, helpful, uplifting and even motivating.

Writer, write with gusto.
Tackle each writing activity with enthusiasm. Your zest, your enthusiasm will be reflected on your writing. This will help your readers feel excited and enthusiastic too.

Writer, write with wisdom. Your life experiences will give you the wisdom. Being wise is being able to differentiate between truths and falsehoods; what is elemental, deep and superficial.

Writer, write with faith. Being a Christian writer doesn't mean you have to write religious-oriented themes only. It doesn't mean that you have to write about your religion or your belief exclusively. Writing with faith means you write with the purpose of sharing the good you have experienced, the bad that life threw at you, and inspiring and motivating your readers that good always triumphs over evil. Walk with faith, write with faith, and your writing will shine through.

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

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Thank you for reading. Keep writing!

Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
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