I highly recommend attending either (or both) annual SCBWI conferences. If you want to get a real taste of all the amazing action, check out the SCBWI blog and I hope to see you in LA in August.
In the meantime, let me show you around my home office.
First up, my plot board...
I recently redecorated my little writing loft and this is my prized addition. This plot board is a wall feature designed by my carpenter, who was inspired by my desire to have movable images and plot notes to support my writing process. The board is made up of metal strips with marbles inside, based on the order system in a restaurant. The marbles hold pieces of paper, or anything else, up on the wall by simply sliding it under the strip. Plot points, conflicts, characters, chapters, and images can be easily moved and rearranged. I love it!
|I'm looking forward to the new additions to the shelf this year!|
Of course, I have LOTS of books in my office, but this is by far my favorite shelf - My very own Muses shrine! I also have a little inspiration over my favorite writing chair and, if you look closely, you can also see a calendar right there over my printer with DEADLINE printed in all caps.
Finally, I must admit I am rarely writing alone. There are usually two chocolate labs somewhere under foot and this guy...
|A framed, color copy of a book cover make for affordable (and inspirational) art|
|Stu is waiting for his starring role in Book 2.|