Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Jane Yolen at SCBWI

Kathy Temean published a great list of tips from Jane Yolen:

Here’s the start:
  1. No exclamation points.
  2. Easy on the adverbs.
  3. Don’t let your characters float by giving them endless dialogue.
  4. Have fun.
  5. BIC – Butt in chair. HOP – Heart on Page.
  6. P not F – Passion not fashion. Write what you like.
  7. Remember your story does not have to have a happy ending – just a meaningful ending.
  8. Fall through your story. Bury yourself in your work.
  9. You don’t have to be the best, just be the best you can be,
  10. Find the right word.
  11. First lines should portend what is going to happen.
  12. Exercise your creative muscle everyday. If you write one page everyday, you will have written 365 pages, more than you need for a novel or 73 picture books.
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