There are many reasons to go to SCBWI conferences and retreats and classes. There is the sense of community you get from interacting with other writers. There is recognition–which is something you cannot work without. There is wine. And chocolate. And laughs. And there is inspiration. The conversation. More than anything else I do as...Read More
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on ONE scene. Adding to it. Playing with time. Using scene…and summary. Writing a lot of really great sentences, none of which were making the story more interesting. This weekend, I tried storyboarding the section of the book. And today…. I think I finally figured out...Read More
Yesterday, I wondered what a hard rain sounded like. This morning, I got my answer. It sounds like running water. And construction. It fogs up the window. The lightning (even when the storm feels right on top of us) does not shake the house, but it does rattle our sense of safety. (At 3...Read More
Let me start by saying: I am not blaming Scrivener. Not too long ago, I uploaded my half written WIP into Scrivener. I divided it into chapters. I was immediately excited about my new toy. I now have an almost completed story board, and I’m very happy to report: I know where this book is...Read More
So far today, I have done two things for two WIP’s on Scrivener. For the WIP that I am drafting: After reading the chapters I have already written, I incorporated some new notes based on my critique. (YAY! Seeing the chapters as separate entities is sort of satisfying and easy to manage.) I also left...Read More
Up until yesterday, I was determined to stick with my notecards. I had become Bartleby the Scrivener with regards to Scrivener. And I didn’t see what the big deal was Until this weekend. This weekend, at The Novel Writing Retreat at VCFA, nearly half the writers in the room raised their hands when Lauren Myracle...Read More
I love organizing this retreat. Mostly, because I love going to it. Why? I always learn something about the craft. Everyone who speaks at this retreat adds something to my understanding. Being back at VCFA puts me in a magic place. I always leave with ideas. Some people don’t believe me when I tell them...Read More
Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.