August 17, 2015

The height of summer is a season of creative inspiration for me.  I get a month’s break from my demanding day job, which allows me to spend time at higher altitudes surrounded by extraordinary displays of wildflowers and the jagged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The combination of nature and leisure never fails to reinvigorate my writing practice. 

 

This summer, my writing was additionally bolstered by attendance at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference in Los Angeles and detailed manuscript critiques from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ (RMFW) annual Colorado Gold contest.  Both events, combined with the constancy and wisdom of my critique partner, Heather, have pushed me into a new relationship with the novel I am currently revising, and have helped me break free from creative constraints I had placed on myself.  

 

Two of the best SCBWI workshops I attended were led by HarperCollins’ editor Jordan Brown. His session on voice su...

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