A Rainbow of Writing Advice and Inspiration from the SCWI Oregon Conference

by Nicole Marie Schreiber
Published on: May 22, 2013
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So much colorful advice from the 2013 SCBWI Oregon Conference! Just like this box of vintage thread recently given to me, it's very hard to choose which piece to follow and use first. I just want to stare at the lot in wonder and revel in the beauty of it all.

So much colorful advice from the 2013 SCBWI Oregon Conference! Just like this box of vintage thread recently given to me, it’s very hard to choose which piece to follow and use first. I just want to stare at the lot in wonder and revel in the beauty of it all.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the annual SCBWI Oregon Conference in Portland, Oregon, where I heard a virtual rainbow of writing advice and inspiration from outstanding literary agents, editors, and authors.  Here is just a portion of the colorful words that stuck with me…

 

“Your goal is to get the character to tell you the TRUTH!”

 

“Write what you love.  What you are called to write. It’s the voice and character that matters.”

 

“Strive for what John Gardner calls, ‘the fictional dream.’”

 

“Practice sculpting language.”

 

“Here’s my advice to you…don’t listen to advice.”

 

“Make up your own rules. Or better yet, have no rules.”

 

“Discover the world around you with your writing.”

 

“If I were to write what I know, this is what my book would be..  got up, made stuff up, went to bed.”

 

“Read a hundred books of the one you want to write. Or a thousand!”

 

“The story is what matters!”-

 

“What is the big story idea?  What is pushing it forward?”

 

“Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Let go of the outcome.”

 

I highly recommend our blog readers to attend a local SCBWI conference if you can.   Being around other professionals and lovers of children’s books is an invaluable experience!

 

Happy writing!

 

-Nicole Marie Schreiber

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