* I attended the SCBWI summer conference again, and had yet another amazing time. Here are some of my favorite notes from the conference:
|Stephen Chbosky & Jay Asher|
* Stephen Chbosky talked about how studying Chinatown in film school influenced his use of subtle (not obvious and clunky) and well-placed "red herrings."
* Maggie Stiefvater creates unforgettable characters by "painting portraits" of them with language. She's
|Maggie Stiefvater's art|
* Meg Rosoff wanted us to be brave. To write about what is deep and true and to learn enough about yourself to write the story only you can write.
|Meg Medina & Linda Sue Park|
* Favorite comment on diversity panel: Linda Sue Park wishes business side would stop saying "they" don't buy books. Instead, realize it's an untapped market with $1 Trillion in buying power. There is a marketer smart enough to figure out how to do it, and when he/she comes around, they're going to make a killing.
* Sara Sargent urged writers to figure out what their characters most desired, feared, loved, etc. and then use that knowledge to torture your characters. We may not love drama in our own lives, but we do love reading about it.
|Judy Blume has a packed house |
hanging on her every word
|On my way out, guess whose car this might be???|