What I've Been Reading:
This week I read PICKLE by Kim Baker. What an amazing example of middle grade voice. And it is super funny and cute. This is the tone that I am going for in basically all of my MG books.
What I'm Writing: I have been using the amazing website Fiction University to help edit my Mary Poppins re-imagined MG. This site is awesome, you guys. I gives you step-by-step, day-by-day ideas for editing, and lots of information if you are a newbie like me.
I have also been working on my outline for my April WIP, which is currently titled SMALL TOWN HERO, which will be a contempt MG.
What Works for Me: I would like to preface this section by saying that really none of this works for me yet, or I would have an agent and a book deal. So lets call this section "Stuff Niki has tried". I was struggling this week to get all the points on my outline. I usually try using beat sheets, but for whatever reason, I was having a hard time getting the scenes to flow. Soooo.... I watched a comp movie. Granted, reading a comp book and taking notes would have been better, but I can watch an entire disney movie during my kiddos nap time. All I needed was a middle grade, fish-out-of-water story. It didn't have to be too close to what I plan to write, I just wanted to analze the story structure. So I watched the cult classic (don't judge me) CADET KELLY staring Hillary Duff.
While this movie was by no means a literary classic, it did the trick. I now have an outline with all the scenes scribbled out. What I need to do now is to go back and make sure that they are all good, move the plot along, tie together, blah blah blah. But just like writing the actual novel, the outline comes in several different drafts. At least for me. So I have a good idea where that one is going now.
What Else is Going On: We have the pukes here. Specifically my children have, and my husband and I have been under the weather as well, so NO BUENO.