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THE WRITING DESK: Children's Writing and Showcasing Works, 
by Moira Allen
FEATURE: Organizing Your Writing Time, 
by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
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Write What You Want to Write

I home-educate my seven year old daughter.  Last week I gave her a
creative writing task to do. It was a national curriculum-approved
task. She had to choose her characters from a set list and then
make up a story, hopefully using some adjectives and adverbs to
bring the story to life.  I know that in real creative writing we
are told not to do this, but to use strong verbs instead, but for
some reason adjectives and adverbs are very important when teaching
creative writing to the young. Personally, I cheat.  I've taught
her what adverbs and adjectives are - heck we're covering them in
her French and Latin lessons, but for her creative writing I've
just taught her to be specific - strong verbs and precise nouns. 
If more of us were taught like this in the first place we wouldn't
have to undo years' of schooling to learn how to write like a
professional.  Sorry, that's my personal gripe out of the way.

So, back to the task. Now I must admit that I thought this task
would be easy for her.  She has already written and illustrated
several of her own books ("Superbot," "The Adventures of Ellie and
her Friends" and the unforgettable "Girl with a Parpy Bottom") as
well as producing a monthly magazine she calls "Wii Try."  This is
a health and fitness magazine full of exercises, healthy tips and
occasionally poems scrawled in pencil on my copy paper then stapled
together, often with competitions in which you can win a copy of
one of her books - she's already picked up some good PR skills!

I was somewhat amazed then, when after looking at her blank page
for ten minutes she put down her pencil and said "I can't do this."

"Why?" I asked. 

"Because I can't think of anything to write."

Well, I don't know about you, but I recognise that feeling!

It's happened to us all at some point. We are given an article, or
see a contest theme or a call for submission and when we try to
write we find that the words won't come. 

And nine times out of ten it's because really, in our heart of
hearts, we don't want to do this particular sort of writing or know
that we're not ready for it yet.  Sometimes we can't find the words
because we need to learn more about our craft before we attempt
this type of writing.  At other times, however, it's because we've
already done this type of stuff hundreds of times before and quite
frankly, we're getting sick and tired of it. 

One time out of ten, however, it's simply a case of "we can't be
bothered." That's easily fixed by applying butt to chair and
staying there until the work is done. And admit it; we've all had
those days too.  

But whenever the words don't come it's a time of concern.  When we
are writing as we could and should be writing, it is enjoyable.
Challenging, yes, but it feels so good that you just can't get
enough. When writing isn't like that, when we can't think of
anything to write, it means that something is wrong and we owe it
to ourselves to take the time to find out why. 

Ask yourself:  Is it just lack of willing?  If so, sit in chair and
type until it's done.

Is it boredom? Finish this piece and start looking for ways to
branch out into other areas.

Is it fear?  If so, recognise the fear and work with it.  Nothing
is so scary or could be as scary as submitting that first-ever
query.  You were scared then, you got over it and now you're a
writer.  When we feel fear we can either acknowledge it and work
with it or run away and try again another day.  At some point,
however, we need to take our writing to the next level. Yes, it's
scary, but as I've said before, if we don't constantly stretch
ourselves we will stagnate.

Finally it could be that this particular type of writing is not
your cup of tea.  In that case, walk away and write what you want
to write.  Some will argue that this is no way to become a
professional writer.  But if you are struggling to fill the page,
then chances are what you are producing isn't that good.  If,
however, you enjoy what you are writing, then by a careful study of
the markets you may find outlets for the writing you love and then
gradually expand your writing topics.  Remember, unlike creative
writing tasks set for seven-year-olds, writing is not a source of
income, but it's supposed to be fun!

And just like those creative writing tasks for school children, if
you try and write something just because someone wants you to but
your heart isn't in it, your words will sound flat and the reader
will tell. 

So what did I do with my daughter?  I binned the task and told her
to write what she wanted.  The result?  A good story in less than
fifteen minutes - now if only I could write that fast!  

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

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THE WRITING DESK: Children's Writing and Showcasing Works
by Moira Allen
Q: Do I have to be an expert to write a children's nonfiction book?

I'm writing a children's nonfiction book that requires facts about
animal habitats and their food habits.  I have written nonfiction
articles on animals, but not on such a grand scale.  I usually go
to primary book sources, such as the Audubon Society wildlife books
or other quality books on animals and cite them in a bibliography.
However, I noticed that published books don't usually have
bibliographies or works-cited lists.  This makes me feel as if only
experts with first-hand knowledge can write the books.  I have
thought about calling the local zoo and talking to some experts.
Would you suggest this?  If so, how would I go about it in a
professional manner that will get positive results and lots of good

A: The issue of whether a book has a bibliography doesn't depend so
much on who wrote it as whom it is written for.  As you've noted,
children's nonfiction books rarely have bibliographies.  This is
primarily because children have no interest in bibliographies.
Bibliographies are something that reminds one of a school paper
(and that's the last thing publishers want their books to remind
children of).

A child's nonfiction book can be based on any type of research you
choose to provide.  If you look at such books, you'll see that most
are compendiums of higher-level research material -- i.e.,
information that is made accessible, by the writer, to a child of a
particular age level.  Your job as a writer is not to be an expert,
per se, but to be able to "translate" the research of those experts
into language that a child can understand -- and also to make that
research interesting.

Such books are designed to "stand alone."  The parent who buys them
assumes that they are accurate, by virtue of having been published
at all.  Thus, you don't need to "prove" your facts to the parent
-- the only person you'll need to prove them to is the publisher. 
You may well wish to provide a list of references to the publisher
when you submit your book, but that is solely for the purpose of
fact-checking and to demonstrate that your material is accurate. 
It is not for publication.

That being said, you can do your research wherever and however you
choose.  If you think you can build a better book by interviewing
zoo personnel, then by all means do so.  In fact, you may be able
to build a different book (something more based on how animals live
at the zoo, and the larger purpose of zoos).  But don't feel that
it is required because you're not, yourself, an "expert."

As for contacting experts, the best approach is to have an
assignment in hand.  Do you already have a publisher lined up for
this book?  If so, then it will be easy to call your local zoo and
ask for interviews, based on the fact that you have been contracted
to write a book about "X".

It's also important to know what you want to ask in advance, so
that you can go into the interview with a good list of questions. 
Your prior research will usually provide the jumping-off point for
your interview questions.  Determine what you want to know, and the
types of questions that will best obtain that information.

If you don't have a publisher yet, you might want to try to find a
publisher first, so that you know that the book is likely to be
published, and then contact the experts.  It's always easier to
have a "real" assignment when asking for interviews, than to just
say "I'm writing this book that I hope someone will buy."

Q: Should I put my book on my website so that other writers can
critique it?

I read that there was a site where you could put your book up for
publication. Does that mean you can put your book on the internet
at your site and have other beginners and hopefully well known
writers give you guidelines and critiques?

A: I don't know anything about the site you mention, but what you
describe sounds like an "author's marketplace" site.  These are
sites where hopeful authors post portions of their manuscripts
online in the hopes that editors have nothing better to do than
cruise by looking for prospects.  I have not heard much positive
news about the success rate of such sites.  However, it is unlikely
that this would be the place to post your book if you are looking
for feedback and critiques.

If you are looking for guidance from other writers, including
professionals, you'll need to find an appropriate critique group
and become a member.  There are a number of good groups online. 
You should also check with some of the children's literature sites
to see if you can find references to groups and workshops that deal
specifically with children's literature.  Also, check some of the
writing classes and workshops online; you may find opportunities
for professional criticism there.

You aren't likely to get the kind of feedback you are looking for
by simply posting your book on your site, however.  Worse, there is
a chance that you may "forfeit" certain publication rights (such as
first rights or electronic rights) by doing so, and thereby
compromise your chances of getting accepted by a publisher.  It's
far better to go through a critique group (or find an offline,
"real-time" group) than to post unpublished works on your website. 

Find online critique groups in Writing-World.com's links section at

Copyright (c) 2009 Moira Allen


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Poetry is on the up in the UK
Poetry, it seems, is more fashionable than ever before. 
Performance poetry, in particular, is on the rise with more and
more poetry events being held around the UK. Even actress Joanna
Lumley has got in on the act with a recording of Shakespeare's
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poetry been that around 1000 poets now making their entire living
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German Writer Wins Nobel Literature Prize
Despite many experts predicting that an American would win this
year's Nobel prize, it has once again gone to a European author.
Herta Mueller (no I hadn't heard of her before either) is the lucky
winner of this year's Nobel Literature Prize, worth $1.4 million. 
Mueller, who was born in Romania, had to smuggle her early works to
Germany in order to get them published. During the Communist regime
she was regularly censored. She has lived in Germany since 1987 and
her latest novel, "Swinging Breath," is a contender for the German
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FEATURE:   Organizing Your Writing Time
By Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Many writers, myself included, have a hard time organizing their
days, weeks, or months to accommodate all the tasks required by the
writing life.  We all know we need to write, edit, send out
queries, market, network, do research, and keep abreast of what's
happening in the publishing world.

How can we be sure we have enough time to do all we need to do to
succeed in the writing business? To get started create a document
for yourself.  Track your activities for a couple of days.  My
typical day might look like this:        

8:00 a.m. - wake, shower, breakfast          
9:30 a.m. - animal care 
         10:00 a.m. - mail, queries 
         11:00 a.m. - editing
         12:00 p.m. - grocery shopping
        1:00 p.m. - marketing
        1:30 p.m. - Facebook
        2:45 p.m. - animal care
        3:00 p.m. - teabreak
        4:00 p.m. - Facebook again.         
By tracking my day, I see how much time I've wasted.  (Really,
Facebook twice in one day?) With this visible reminder, it's easier
to re-organize my time to be more productive. Do you treat it like
a job or a hobby?  How many hours in a day are you willing to
devote to your writing and related activities?  These decisions
determine how to organize your writing day.

Interested in how successful authors manage their time, I asked
several prolific writers how they organize the time they devoted to
writing related activities. Perhaps their answers will help you to
become more organized.  

Poetry writer and editor of The Centrifugal Eye, Eve Hanninen
writes full-time or part-time, depending on her editing schedule
for the magazine. Eve believes that "writing has to be thought of
as a job first, before a creative venture.  Most people take having
a job seriously.  They set their alarms and adhere to a schedule."
Part of taking her writing seriously is having clearly marked files
to keep research, notes, and manuscripts in order.  She "uses
several calendars pinned to the wall...  to jot writing and editing
tasks... and (she tries) to adhere to the calendars' schedules as
closely as possible." In addition, "writing more specific and
detailed lists often help..."   Also, "keep track of all
correspondence with care... and keep a notebook that lists all
pertinent information about your submissions to publishers and
journals... Dates, journal and editors' names, article or poem
titles, whether simultaneous submissions or reprint rights offered
-- all these things in one place avert time-consuming letters and
emails about duplications and other problems."

Devon Ellington is a full-time writer.  Ms. Ellington writes under
several names and a variety of genres such as mystery, fantasy,
romantic comedy, as well as short stories and non-fiction pieces.  
Devon has been successful because she has taken the time up front
to set up systems. "For instance, at the top of every year, I set
up a pitch log and a submission log, so that I can keep track of
pitches and submissions, track payments, track pub dates, and see
what needs follow-up.  I took the time to set up an invoice form. 
I create a clip file for each article as it is published... so if I
need to use them (again)... I don't have to hunt them down..." 
Devon doesn't "throw out the research files as soon as the book or
article is finished, because usually I write again on the same
topic, and why do all the research again?"  According to Devon, "It
should take 15 minutes to put together a sparkling pitch with
relevant clips.  If you're constantly taking an hour or two to hunt
down information, you lose billable time, you get discouraged
because of the wasted time, you wind up not pitching as often, and
you don't land as many well paying jobs."

Karina Fabian, author and editor, also writes full-time.  She
believes "the key is finding a system that works for you --
something that lets you move toward your goals as a writer and not
spin your wheels in fruitless efforts." Because she writes
full-time, she keeps to "a schedule of days and tasks.  Monday I do
work for the Catholic Writers Guild and any conferences I'm
participating in.  Tuesday is marketing day; Wednesday is all for
writing; Thursday writing and the basic administration; Friday,
computer work -- websites, clearing out files, back-ups, etc.  I
also blog twice a week and microblog/Tweet three times a week.  I
try to make an hour each day for some kind of writing -- whether an
article, edits, etc. -- on my non-writing days."

Anjali Banerjee has published several children's novels.  She
doesn't feel she's an organized writer but because she only writes
part-time, she also feels she has to treat her writing as a job and
as a habit. "Practice. Practice. Practice," she says.  "I try to
write in the morning every day, before I go to work.  I have a
daily goal.  Small steps... Some writers organize their year by
writing deadlines on a calendar.  My daily goal varies, depending
on the following: deadlines; whether I'm giving presentations,
speaking at conferences, schools or libraries; the demands of my
day job.  Some days I don't get any pages written.  Some days I'm
just brainstorming.  Some days I'm revising a manuscript, in which
case I might have to plow through 50 pages a day. When I actually
do have time to write, I shoot for three to six pages a day."

Tamara Kaye Sellman is a part-time writer who also works in several
different areas of the publishing world ("writer, editor, literary
outreach, networking").  Tamara specializes in literary fiction,
magic realism, and food and garden writing.  According to Tamara,
"writer(s) need to figure out what it means for them to be
organized." For her, "it's piles of paperwork kept in their
assigned places...  a well-kept Google calendar, and the discipline
to keep things on schedule (while being flexible in the face of
personal necessities... )." She thinks "writer(s) know they are
organized when they can sit down in their workspace and aim their
focus on the work at hand without being delayed by the
administrative tasks that surround (them)."  For her, "arriving at
that organizational Zen is really more a matter of mindset than
anything that can be made physically apparent. I can have a hugely
messy office and still be organized in my thoughts..."  However,
"if you can't work in a slightly chaotic world, you may need to
rely on hanging files, electronic reminders in your Blackberry, a
Rolodex...  Only you can know what that is for certain."

Novelist Matt Briggs works full-time as a technical writer and
writes fiction in his "spare" time.  "I write when I first wake up,
before I begin the work that people pay me to do... In the morning,
just about every day, I write 800 words on average."  He says, "as
a person who has a job, I only have about an hour a day for writing
and so I have to break large projects into tiny pieces and track
those tiny pieces. This requires the work of making outlines and
lists and plans...  I know many writers, particularly writers with
time pressures such as jobs and children who do work this way." 
Matt reflects on a teacher he had: "Charles Johnson, who wrote the
novel Middle Passage... said about his work habits that he made a
plan to sit in a chair.  He had to sit in a chair for a certain
amount of time even if he didn't know what he was going to do.  He
didn't have to write anything if he didn't feel like it.  But he
had to sit.  And gradually, it was more interesting for him to
write than to just sit there."  Matt believes the key to organizing
is to "break things into chunks and commit yourself to a certain
amount of time to do the work."

Ann Charles is another prolific author with several novels to her
credit.  She writes part-time while working full-time and taking
care of her family.  Ann breaks her writing up into half year
segments.  She writes one book a year currently, from January to
June, and from July to December she wears her marketing/promo hat.
She thinks being an organized writer is a "character trait." She is
a "right-brain when it comes to plotting and writing... books, but
when it comes to marketing/promo and goal setting, I'm disgustingly
organized and left-brained."  She has a "five-year plan, a career
plan, yearly goals, monthly goals, and weekly goals, and... keep...
post-it notes of 'to dos' next to my keyboard that I update almost
daily."  She states, "I didn't used to be this organized when it
came to non-writing, writing-related tasks, but I learned a couple
of years ago that I work best when I have written goals to meet.
Also, the more I learned and dabbled in the marketing and promo
side of writing, the more messy my desk and files became.  Soon, I
was forced to be organized or risk losing crucial information or
missing important meetings/deadlines."

Ruth Brown writes part-time, but for her it is more challenging as
she works full-time at a job that has only one down season, summer.
 When she does write; she doesn't "make decisions consciously of
how much time to spend on writing or writing related activities.
When writing during an evening, I just sit down and write until
bedtime, so that may be two hours or three or more. I'm more of a
project-oriented person, rather than working the clock. I don't
typically have short bursts of writing time. If it's going well, I
keep at it."

Charlee Compo writes full time as a dark fantasy and speculative
fiction author.  She works "from nine until noon, then one to six
every day, seven days a week. I spend three-fourths of that time
answering emails, working on the webpage I designed, created and
maintain, working on the group I founded for speculative fiction
authors, and looking for new places to showcase my 70 plus
published novels. The rest of the time is spent writing."  For
Charlee, "a good filing cabinet with hanging files with appropriate
names for research material is a must... Anything you use on a
daily basis should at the very least be in a protective cover sheet
or laminated and easily at hand.  Books on your genre, on grammar,
research should be readily at hand as well." As a novelist, she has
also found that having a "good, concise compendium of each
character, place or location... and who's who and how they relate
to one another, idiosyncrasies, traits appearance" means "you won't
make mistakes later on."

If you, too, are to succeed in your writing business, take heed of
what these published authors advise.  Whether you organize your
writing time by the day, the week, or the year, actual writing
should be your number one concern. This is not to say that you
should feel guilty if you aren't writing seven days a week.  Life
does get in the way, but try to move toward a goal where writing
encompasses the major portion of your work time.  If it has been
pushed to the side due to other activities, re-evaluate. Devon
Ellington sums it up, "Managing one's time efficiently is a huge
part of being a working, paid writer. You work until it's done.

To find more about the authors featured in this interview visit: 

Eve Hanninen: http://tinyurl.com/yjwxwj9

Devon Ellington: http://www.devonellingtonwork.com

Karina L.Fabina: http://www.fabianspace.com
Anjali Banerjee: 

Tamara Kaye Sellman: 

Ann Charles: http://www.anncharles.com/

Ruth Brown: http://www.ruthlbrown.com/


Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has published more than 80 articles, 60 
stories, two e-books, a chapbook, and her stories have been
included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her
fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children's publications and 
non-fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting,
and young adult print magazines and on line publications.  Her writing
blog is available at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/
Her middle grade novel Ghost for Rent, in trade paper back is
available at http://www.hardshell.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=0759910057
and as an eBook at http://store.fictionwise.com/servlet/mw?t=book&bi=8656&si=42. 
Her chapbook, Dragon Sight, is available at Dragon Sight

Copyright (c) 2009 by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

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This is an intriguing site which aims to help writers improve their
work, and then get it published.  The site has a critique group and
also two magazines: Hydro S Magazine, which is where authors aged
18+ can get their work published, and then Teen Hydro S Magazine,
dedicated to publishing the work of writers aged 12-17.  The site
also runs regular writing contests.

Guide to Kindle Publishing
Advice from Aaron Shepard on how to format your work so it can be
published on Kindle without having to pay any fancy software
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otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
For a guide to more than 1000 writing contests throughout the
world, see Moira Allen's book, "Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide
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DEADLINE: November 15, 2009
GENRE:  Short stories 
DETAILS:  The theme is dark fiction or fiction which has an
otherworldly element, for example supernatural or greek myth (gods
and demons). There is a 5,000 word limit but if you need to go
slightly over don't panic the judges will allow it if your story
requires it. Top five are published online and the overall winner
will also be published in our annual printed anthology.  You need
to register to enter the contest.
PRIZE: 100 for first place. 2nd place - 50, 3rd, 4th and 5th -
URL:  http://www.spinetinglers.co.uk

DEADLINE: November 19, 2009
GENRE:   Short Stories
DETAILS: Stories focus on holiday themes with positive warm and
fuzzy holiday messages. Stories open to all faiths. Stories should
be under 8000 words in length. Please read contest rules on our
PRIZE: $75 for first place. 2nd Place: $50. 3rd Place: $ 25.        
URL: http://www.cynicmag.com/feature.aspx?articleid=2895

DEADLINE: November 21, 2009
GENRE: Short Stories, Nonfiction
DETAILS:  500 - 5000 word entries.  See Words of Belief site for
full details.   
PRIZE: $500 for first place. Grand Prize: $500, Editor's Selection:
$250, 15 Finalists: Publication 
URL: http://www.wordsofbelief.com
DEADLINE: November 30, 2009
GENRE: Poetry
DETAILS:  We are looking for the best poem published on our site
between now and December -- wit and clever modern stuff that picks
up on the zeitgeist, as well as good old-fashioned rhythm and
rhyme. The public will choose the winning entry. You can send in as
many entries as you like. No minimum length, but max. 600 words.  
PRIZE: 250 
URL: http://www.globalnewsbox.com

DEADLINE: November 30, 2009
GENRE: Books
DETAILS:   10,000 words or fewer. Theme: Open. To enter: 1. Sign up
for Review Fuse (it's free). 2. Upload your entry and choose the
category. 3. Submit your entry for peer critique. 4. Complete
assigned reviews of other entries.
PRIZE: $50
URL: http://tinyurl.com/yf2ut5u

DEADLINE: December 31, 2009
OPEN TO: Writers 18+ who have never had a travel article published
GENRE: Nonfiction 
DETAILS:  submit an 800-word article with the theme: A Very Special
PRIZES:  First prize: a four-day travel writing holiday in the
intoxicating city of Istanbul. Second prize is a two-night stay in
Berlin. Third prize is the winner's selection of 10 travel guides
from award-winning publisher.
URL:   http://www.bgtw.org/2010/index.php


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