Revising is sometimes required for writing. The story may need more than a simple grammar fix. Sometimes whole sections or whole books need to be re-written. Mitali Perkins mentioned at Austin’s SCBWI that she will often re-write an entire book multiple times, using different points of view.  


Write down lists of interesting words. Organize them by type. Scan them for ideas. Verbs: conjure abjure badger banter bludgeon dangle dabble divine fidget heckle impugn impute jostle lament loathe muddle occupy Adjectives: wretched wobbly woozy wiggly vapid venerated upbeat unkempt urban tragic thrifty thunderous teeming sweltering svelte sturdy soggy snarling


Editing is usually done line by line or by words. It includes grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Most of us cannot see the errors in our own writing, because we know what should be there. Because we know what should be there, we fill it in. That means most of us will need someone else to

Keep Lists

Ray Bradbury would keep lists of nouns. When he needed ideas, he would scan his list. The verb he used to refer to creating his lists was “conjure.” He conjured his nouns. What nouns could go on a list? robot savannah Winnipeg marsh elephant Thursday princess envelope hospital treasure sandwich calendar building distance medicine umbrella

Length of Different Kinds of Children’s Books

How long should book be? Sambuchino, Chuck. “Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post.” Writer’s Digest, F+W Media, 24 October 2016. Accessed 26 May 2019. Sff 100-115,000 (aim for 105,000) YA 55,000- 80,000 (but around 60,000 unless sff) Which messes up the book I am writing right now. If this has