Unlike ALA, which is so directly related to my job, SCBWI is more peripheral, and yet it's this conference more than any other that reminds me, over and over, about the power of children's books. Though I no longer personally hand books to kids (well, except for the ones in my family), I'm deeply thankful to be in a line of work in which I still have a role in getting the right book to the right child.
I'm also grateful, down to my bones, for authors and illustrators - who make my life worth living and my job worth savoring.
Now - on to the conference! As it's impossible to give you the full Fabulosity that is SCBWI Annual, here are some tidbits from Friday:
- Marry rich
- Embrace the unfinished “chord” or thought or plot line. The reader doesn't need to know everything; keep them thinking
- Gather your tools for survival - “your book is in there, buried under the one you hate” - figure out how you like to work – setting, rewards, support group
- Avoid the quicksand – irrational fears – don't listen to those friends, family, blogs, articles, etc. stay safe inside the writing cave
- Perfect wants to vote you off the island, but better wants to make an alliance – don't get paralyzed by the need for perfection. Lower your standards! Give yourself manageable goals
- Explore the whole island – explore different formats, tenses, perspectives, narrators, etc