Thanks to a recent comment made by a fellow Children’s Book Hub member, I thought I would let you in on a little of my writing world, after all this is a writer’s blog, right?
A few years ago I wrote a very rough draft of a novel and not knowing anything about writing, its process, how to go about submitting manuscripts etc.. I emailed a freelance editor who kindly replied, was impressed and critiqued my work, offering tips, and advice. With a lot of rework needed I went back to the drawing boards. After awhile I realised I really needed to have some direction in how to write if I was really serious about it. So I scoured the internet looking for some sort of course where I could do it at home in my own time, without preying eyes and the time restraints of a classroom.
I had been a regular viewer of Emma Walton Hamilton’s Blog for sometime, so when she started up “Just Write for Kids” a Home Study Course in Writing Picture Books, I was interested. Naturally I had questions – as I was reworking a novel , would her picture book course be of any use? I needn’t have worried. I can only say that while I was more a reserved student, I found it very helpful indeed. Emma’s kind, patient, coaching, and easy to understand step by step processes in bringing a picture book to life, is a must course to take. From themes, plots, styles, to fleshing out characters, using effective dialogues, and editing, Emma leaves no stone unturned in delivering a comprehensive workshop right into your own home. Whether just getting your feet wet, or already a published author needing a refresher, you will find Emma touches on points that could be used across all genres of writing. Her passion shows in her answers to questions and continued encouragement, which has helped immensely to build my confidence in the belief, that I have something to offer. I was delighted when she went on to set up the Children’s Book Hub, which houses anything from Resources, such as conferences, organisation links, and workshops, to Newsletters, Special Guest Seminars led by Emma and Question and Answer calls with Emma herself. There is also a forum where writers chat about all aspects of writing, sharing what they have discovered, asking for advice and picking up new and interesting ideas. Emma is there to guide and advise as always with her vast knowledge. It is with this new-found confidence I have started a 5Word/Sentence game within the Hub. Think of 5 words and during the course of a week, the other members are coming up with a sentence for each word. A great strategy for writers block, finding a new idea, maybe needing help with editing your work, a sentence or paragraph is alluding you, helping to stretch that creative mind within. What better way to receive some help and have fun all at the same time. I hope you will join us.
Ahhh such is the life of a writer……… and I have only just got my feet wet.