Category: Children’s writing

Thoughts and information on writing for children.

Spiderwick Progress

Twelve days left. Scary! Exciting! The pressure is mounting. I’m plugging away at the manuscripts, of course, and I think I’m in fine shape regarding the deadline, but you just never know. I’m not certain how it’s all going to come together. I’m still just brainstorming, creating, brainstorming, creating. I’m sure I have some sense of what will go where, but no clear picture. And it’s something I’ll just keep working on until time runs out. That’s what a deadline is for: it tells you when to quit.

All Work and No Play

…makes Jen’s a dull blog. It was a tremendous day, as far as I’m concerned, but it’s not much to write about. Work, work, work, but every bit a pleasure. First there […]

Busy, Busy, Happy!

It was a wonderful, productive day!  Lots of writing and puzzling, then an evening of stitching which, granted, involved twice ripping the same area, but was nonetheless fun.  I’m so excited about […]


It was a good mail day: I got the free copy of The Thing About Georgie, by Lisa Graff, that I won last week, and I got several copies of Spider magazine with one of my games in it. It took a week to get the book, and 4-and-a-half years to get the magazine!


Over the weekend I drew up a calendar for the Spiderwick activity books and made a plan. My goal, as stated over at the 6 Writers, 1 Story blog, is to create 6 activities a day. For the Nancy Drew books, my goal was 10 a day, but that proved just about impossible. I reached that goal once, but it was July; days are longer then, and I didn’t have any other pressing work demands. That’s not the case now.