My favorite workshop at NJ-SCBWI was given by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Tiffany Strelitz Haber. Authors of rhyming picture books that sparkle, these women have formed The Meter Maids, a blog dedicated to the tips and tricks that make good rhyme even better.
Corey and Tiffany stressed both before and during their workshop that their purpose isn’t to teach the basics of rhyme (though they did point attendees to resources for rhyme and, more importantly, meter) but to go beyond those basics. Their beat – pun intended – is to polish up a good rhyme till it sparkles. “A flawless rhyme takes time” according to Tiffany and Corey, and they used various samples from attendees’ and their own work to amply demonstrate their point.
Not only was the workshop helpful – I won’t steal the thunder from their new blog by summarizing it – but it was FUN! So, if you’d like a summer treat to beat the current heat, check out The Meter Maids.
After a significant break to finish up the school year and enjoy a much-needed family vacation, my rear is back in gear. While not always planted in my desk chair, I am committed to finishing my current project in order to prepare for fall submission to agents and editors. A new friend suggested a contract, and I’ve taken her up on it. The idea is simple – you and a writing buddy make a contract stating your individual goals and then follow up each day via a quick text or email. No response required from you or your buddy, just a quick check-in to keep each of you on your chosen path.
My goal? 500 words per day, 6 days per week, plus one blog post each week. (I like to under-promise and over-deliver. Old solo librarian trick.)
So far, so good!