Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers (WIFYR) Conferece Blog Tour


It’s hard to believe it’s almost  WIFYR time! If you are a children’s or YA book writer or illustrator who lives in (or can get to) Utah, this conference is not to be missed! Click on the link above to get all the official info, but at a glance: it’s June 16-20, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. On Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, I’ll be discussing “Cardboard Characters Need Not Audition: How Acting Techniques Can Help Your Characters–And Overall Writing–Get A Standing Ovation.”

Now, without further ado, please allow me to pass the mic to the conference’s official Blog Tour hostess, Stephanie Moore:

Thanks for letting me stop by on our blog tour today. It’s been a fun few months visiting blogs of published authors participating in the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference and today we end with Wendy. What an awesome author for our finale!

Wendy is teaching an afternoon session this June and it’s titled, “Cardboard Cut-Outs Need Not Audition.” I loved the title! It made me think of all the different ways the class could go. Will Wendy talk about writing what you know and are passionate about and not writing to trends? Will she talk about character development and how it’s about the details? What about making sure characters don’t follow clichés? Or is it something I haven’t even considered? Either way, I’m just thrilled to hear what Wendy has to say!

Carol Lynch Williams says, “A good story is in the details.” For today’s blog I thought it’d be fun to have a writing exercise. I’d like you to thinking about your current work in progress.

Who are your main characters? What are their quirks? What sets them apart, making them unique?

Think about your setting. What’s fascinating about it? Why does this story need to take place in that setting?

Someone equally important to your main character is the “villain” in your story. Antagonists shouldn’t just be crazy. How did they get to be who they are? What is their day to day life? What’s their fatal flaw that will ultimately be their undoing?

I hope you’re able to incorporate some of these answers into your manuscript, enabling your readers to connect further with your characters and surroundings.

Thanks again, Wendy, for hosting the last stop on our blog tour! I can’t wait to attend your class in June.




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