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|Can you give me any writing tips?
Write from the heart. Write about what you know (your own experiences and feelings). Don’t avoid writing about the pain in your life. Do avoid using clichés and overusing adjectives. Try to find ways to describe things in fresh new ways. Similes work well for that. Try to show instead of tell. Like instead of saying “I felt happy” (telling), say “I felt like a jar all filled up with a thousand fireflies” (showing). Or instead of saying “I felt scared” (telling), say “my heart fluttered in my throat like a trapped bird” (showing). Or instead of saying “I felt sad” (telling), say “my heart sunk all the way to China” (showing). And read, read, read—whoever, and whatever, inspires you.
I’m suffering from writer’s block. How can I get past it?
How can I get published?
You should also definitely think about joining the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s a wonderful organization with chapters all across the country.
And find some other people who love to write and start a critique group with them, so that you can give each other feedback on your work.
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