Tuesday, September 12, 2017

100 WRITERS _____ Passionate Pen 2017 story workshop — life is sweet when you fall in love with the children's book you've just started to write

NOTE: This post is part of my 100 WRITERS project.

We covered a lot at last weekend's Passionate Pen session. Like how to brainstorm new story ideas, how to turn this into your story logline, how to expand this into a synopsis, and more. Basically, how to write your own Super Cool stories. All the creative writing and publishing insights that worked for me, I was delighted to share with the happy writers who attended. The session felt like a lively software hackathon — within an afternoon, fresh story ideas were quickly developed into potential publishing opportunities. Everyone left with their creative dream captured on paper and still echoing in their hearts. For those who attended, here are some links below that you'll find helpful. I wish you all happy writing. May your new stories bring joy, wonder and companionship to young readers everywhere!

— D


Passionate Pen workshop inspiration
Lianne Ong and I had been preparing to do this for some time. Read our pre-workshop thoughts here (mine) and here (hers).

100 WRITERS Story Workbook
A simple story development guide that I created. PDF format, free download. Read and download it here.

How to use social media to connect with readers
This is from a talk I gave at this year's Asian Festival of Children's Content. Something easy to get you started. Here.

Interview with Jo Furniss about self-publishing a chapter book in Singapore
Singapore-based Jo Furniss is an Amazon Charts bestselling suspense author. But did you know that she also once self-published her own children's adventure novel? Read our interview here. She shares lots of tips to help you do it yourself too.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, SG chapter
Come, meet the local SCBWI community! And sign up if you'd like to join us. Find out more here.

Get to know the Armour Publishing team behind MY BLADE QUEST
It might take just one writer to come up with a good story, but it takes a whole team to develop this into a proper paperback release. Get to know everyone who's working on our My Blade Quest series, from the editor to the illustrator to the marketing marvel. Read here.

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Were you at the MY BLADE QUEST book launch, 
part of this year's Asian Festival of 
Children's Content? 

How did our SHERLOCK HONG 
ADVENTURES series go all the way from idea 
to international distribution?