Sunday, March 10, 2013

Recipe for Writing Success

We all have our tried-and-true recipes that we return to time after time for potlucks, dinner parties, or family meals. But what is your recipe for writing success?

In the latest SCBWI Bulletin, I read about Laura Murray’s writing tips that led to the publishing of her first book, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. Some of her simple but true writing tips are:
  •       If an idea excites you, go with it.
  •       Be open to revision, and then be courageous and submit!
  •       Reach out, make friends, and support other writers. 
What are the ingredients that led to your writing success? (Whether your success is writing your first draft, conquering revisions, submitting a manuscript, or celebrating your published book!)

I’ll start the recipe and you can each list your choice ingredients….

Recipe for Writing Success

-             1 clever idea
-          10 lbs. of elbow grease
-             5 cups of constructive critiques


  1. Keep adding rejections till you get to 100 or more-- fold them in to the batter slowly but steadily (and don't get discouraged every time you add a rejection to the bowl... every rejection gets you one step closer to an acceptance-- and if you think rejections are a good thing, you'll keep submitting, which is the only way you can get published anyway! :o) )

  2. P.S. Love this post, Sharon! Can't wait to see what ingredients everybody adds!

  3. 50 lbs. of patience and perseverance.

  4. After baking, let cool for one month.

  5. Great ingredients everyone! Now all we have to do is try and follow the recipe...