NAPIBOWRIWEE 2015 – DAY FIVE: Editor Vs. Writer
I am so proud of everyone for hanging in there. We’re getting closer to the finish line. Can you believe you have been writing non-stop for FOUR DAYS IN A ROW? Talk about a marathon writing session! I’m so proud of you for not giving up. Think of writing as if you are in a gym working out or training for a marathon. You have to exercise every day to stay in shape! Same with writers! We have to write every day to stay on top of our writing game! 🙂
MY DAY FOUR EXPERIENCE: Like many of you, I had to work full-time on Monday. Of course I also stayed at work late with a deadline! I didn’t get home until after 8 o’clock. By the time dinner was done, dishes were washed, and other errands around the house completed, I started writing at 10:30 PM. I was hoping to get more of my in-depth non-fiction picture books ideas done for this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE. Instead, I found myself distracted tonight and wrote something off-the-cuff again. Because I write for a science fiction show on The SyFy Network, I had aliens on the brain tonight. LOL! So I wrote an alphabet alien book. 🙂 I’m surprised by my rather impulsive improvising for this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE. But that’s what makes every year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE fun – it’s just so unpredictable! 🙂 Plus, if you are stuck, I guess try your hand at one alphabet book because you know how it begins and ends… from A to Z! 🙂
Coincidentally, today’s guest blogger AMY CHERRIX talks about science. Well, she doesn’t talk about Science FICTION… she talks about Science NON-Fiction. Keep reading below for her thoughts…
And remember – please post your progress for Day 5 in today’s comments!
Reminder: I am posting daily blogs from May 1-7, 2015 at 6 AM PST (9 AM EST) here at https://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/ Our contest drawing results will be posted on May 8, 2015 featuring fun prizes from our NAPIBOWRIWEE STORE (link: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic), autographed copies of my books, other surprise prizes as well as ONE free picture book manuscript critique from professional editor/author AMY CHERRIX, who is also our guest-in-residence for this year’s event! (You can follow Amy on Twitter @acherrix and her website is here: http://slushpilepress.com)
The theme for this year is EDITORIAL NUTS & BOLTS as Amy answers our questions about writing and the publishing industry. For today’s blog on “Editor Vs. Writer,” I asked Amy to talk about her experience going from book editor to book author with her debut non-fiction book, LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS, as part of the award-winning Scientists in the Field series, coming out Spring 2017 from Houghton Mifflin.
QUESTION: Tell us about your book coming out from Houghton Mifflin in Spring 2017. What has it been like to write it so far versus being an editor?
AMY CHERRIX SAYS: “Lately, I’ve also been wearing the author hat. I’m writing a longer form narrative non-fiction book for Houghton Mifflin’s Scientists in the Field series, called LANDFALL: THE HURRICANE SCIENTISTS for readers ages 10-14. I’m working on my first draft now and it’s due to my editor later this summer. Talk about humbling. Writing about science for people of any age is challenging, but especially for young people. How do I inform and entertain without preaching? How do I tell the best possible story in the tightest, most engaging way? How do I find time to write when I’m busy reading everything else? Bottom line: my experience as an editor doesn’t allay my fears. Life as a writer is hard for everybody. One of my favorite young adult authors, Laini Taylor says “Never stare at a blank page.” Writer to writer, that is the best piece of advice I can offer. Just get something down. Anything is better than the Tyranny of the Blank Page. Write it down today, make it sing tomorrow.”
Amy is right – we must overcome the “Tyranny of the Blank Page.” As Amy says… “Write it down today, make it sing tomorrow.” THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF NAPIBOWRIWEE – just get words down on the page. We can revise later. You can’t revise if you don’t have a rough draft to begin with! Finish what you started! 🙂
Finally, as an added bonus, here is Amy’s latest blog on her own website for today if you need more inspiration for your writing! Link: http://slushpilepress.com/2015/05/05/un-monday-ursula-nordstrom-on-risk/
Well, time to leave the Blogging Batcave and head back into the Writing Batcave. Sorry today’s blog was so short but I am EXHAUSTED. Monday was a long day at work! I hope you still were able to glean a few good writing tips for your Day No. 5!
Remember to follow me on Twitter @paulayoo for updates. I will post tomorrow’s Day 6 Blog on May 6, 2015 at 6 AM PST/9 AM EST here with a super special surprise guest blogger about pet peeves when writing picture books – what to do and what NOT to do! 🙂
Until then, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂