Thought for the Day:
“You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart — your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born.”
~ Anne Lamott ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Good pacing can really make a difference in your writing. HERE C. S. Lakin at Live Write Thrive has some great tips with 3 Ways to Ramp Up Your Fiction Pacing and Tension.
Are you stuck? Janice Hardy has a GREAT guest post on Writers in the Storm HERE with 10 Ways to Get Your Story Un-stuck.
Writers can always use good tips for novels. HERE Anne R. Allen has 7 Tips to Plan Your Novel Like a Pro.
Last week when I posted, I showed the weather app with temps up to 108 this week. Nah. That’s not happening. It’s going to hit 113 on Tuesday with five other days at 107 or higher. I guess autumn hasn’t arrived yet. Good thing I don’t have any outdoor activities this week! It will be a great week to stay in and work on my writing. I have been working on re-writing a picture book that I love and have great hopes for, so I will concentrate on that. And I really need to start on an agent search. It is something I have meant to do for a long time, but I seem to always let things get in the way. So that will be another good hot-weather activity. I hope all of you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend and having better weather. It seems one should be able to have a barbecue on Labor Day without being barbecued in the process!
Last week I offered a gently-read paperback copy of Forensics for Kids by Melissa Ross to one of you. The winner this week is Pete Springer. Congratulations, Pete! If you don’t know Pete, you can learn more about him at his site HERE and read his blog. Worth your time. Pete, I will get your book out to you soon. For the rest of you, keep reading. There is another giveaway this week.
I had read another book by Melanie Conklin (Counting Thyme) which I liked very much when I saw Every Missing Piece by her come up on the review list for the Manhattan Book Review. It’s always fun to find a new book by an author I’ve enjoyed, so I requested it. I’m really glad I did. It’s a terrific book. I should have reviewed it by now. It came out in April, but it’s never too late to review a good book. It has been out long enough that she already has another book out which I have also read and will review here soon. Here is the review of Every Missing Piece I wrote for the Manhattan Book Review.
Maddy lost her father in a terrible accident, and now she worries about nearly everything and sees danger everywhere. She is no longer allowed to call the police on her own. Her mother has remarried, and Maddy hasn’t accepted her stepfather, Stan. Would liking Stan mean she is disloyal to her father? Maddy thinks she spots a boy at school who was kidnapped months earlier, and she sets out to solve the mystery with help from her BFF Cress, but Maddy and Cress aren’t getting along as they used to. Now Mom and Stan want to have a baby. Things are changing at home and at school, and Maddy is having a very tough time.
Melanie Conklin has created an interesting cast of characters and given them a story with lots of drama, mystery, friendship conflict, parent and stepparent troubles, and more. The dialogue is snappy, and the writing is conversational and inviting to young readers. Maddy is believably imperfect, and she will have readers rooting for her every step of the way. The problems she faces are ones middle-graders will easily relate to. This is simply a terrific book that will rivet readers and keep pages turning.
I have a gently-read paperback for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.