Writing About the Joys of Firsts

In October, I wrote about all the things that stress out kids today. It was kind of a downer. I mean, from my post, you’d think life pretty much sucked for anyone pre-21.

Is that the case? No! Sure, kids today have lots of stresses, many of which are bigger than the same stresses were fifty years ago; on the flip side, fewer of today’s young people stress out about where they will get their next meal or whether Dad will come back from war in one piece. Stresses come and go with time.

*Photo courtesy of Lel4nd on Flickr Creative Commons

Since then, I’ve been wanting to follow up with something more upbeat. Yes, today’s young people face lots of pressure and stress from multiple directions, but they also experience more pure fun in a week than most of us fuddy-duddy grownups manage in a year. I think that’s part of why I enjoy writing for young people: it reminds me to see life’s joys and wonders as if for the first time—as if I, too, were a child.

Are you writing for children or teenagers? Then maybe this list of “firsts” will inspire!

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One Lovely Blog Award

onelovelyblogNow for some award fun: Fellow young adult and fantasy author A.E. Martin awarded me a lovely blog award!

The rules of this award are simple—no lists of weird personal trivia, I simply get to pass it on to 15 recently-discovered blogs so y’all can check them out, too. Luckily, I’ve been participating in Rachael Harrie’s Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign, so I have plenty of new blogs from which to choose! Check these out. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

And, of course, I deliver this lovely award with all the appropriate disclaimers: feel free to take away only warm fuzzies and not take on the workload, to display or not, to follow the rules or make up your own, and so on. This is not intended to distract you in any way from your writing adventures, only to give you joy along the way!

Happy writing!

Resources: Writing Prompts

Looking for some writing prompts to get you moving today? Check out one of these fantabulous resources:

Scott Bridges

Do you use writing prompts? Why or why not?

How to Write When You Aren’t in the Mood

Neutral2_180_180_whiteIn honor of the first day of NaNoWriMo 2011 ***cheers*** (National Novel-Writing Month, for the uninitiated) I’m blogging about something I’m sure none of my lovely writing friends need help with…at least, not on fantabulous Day 1 of a month devoted to writing:

How to write when you are in the mood to curl up in the comfy chair with your favorite four-legged pal and veg out in the company of your favorite…

  • book
  • movie
  • handicraft
  • music
  • sugary treat
  • fill in the blank _____________

…and you absolutely, positively are NOT in the mood to write. Not even a grocery list, thank you very much. Not that I’ve ever been there. Much. 😀

Here’s my list of fave ways to kick the writing doldrums. Bookmark it, print it out, or write up your own and keep it handy and ready to smack down any anti-writing vibes that may creep up on you in the next month! Because remember, the best defense is a good offense!

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