Thursday, April 30, 2009

Writing Tips

For May, I am going to blog the tips and ideas I got from the writers conference I went to in April. I do this two-fold: To help me remember and to give any writers/authors more ideas.
I hope you enjoy!

My first day of the Writers Conference for Boot Camp. I took 10 pages of anything I've written and had a group critique. 

This is Brent, who take a picture of himself before he took a picture of our Boot Camp group. (Ladies!  He Utah's most eligible bachelor!)


This is some of my group:

Yes! Matthew Buckley was our group leader. DS13 LOVES 'Chicken in the Headlights' by Matthew Buckley.

Annette Lyons taught:

Pick a genre so editors know where to shelf your book!
Ask yourself: Who is reading my book? What age?
What genre does your book fall in?

Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. If boy and girl don't get together it's NOT romance :)

Find a new way to make a new world. Brandon Sanderson's books are full of new fantasy down to the language and magic.

Picture Book
Picture books are about 32 pages long.

Middle grade/YA
Kids want to read about other kids that are a few years older than them.


How to book

Rachel Ann Nunes said that the opening paragraph and first page NEED A HOOK to keep the reader interested enough to turn the page.

Poems and Poetry

Well, well, well.

Today is the last day of April, thus, the last day of poetry month.
While I didn't get a poem on my blog for everyday I did learn! I had no idea how many different ways a person could write a poem!

I posted several poems to Authspot if you would like to read any of them.

Taffy's Poems

Thanks for taking this journey with me!

Monday, April 27, 2009

LDStorymakers Conference

Great, rewarding weekend at LDStorymakers Conference!
My brain is just starting to return to normal and when it finally jells, I will post notes and pictures!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Short Children's Story

I signed up with Utah Children's Writers group through Yahoo to get more hints, helps, ideas for my writing.  One of the members asked if anyone would be interested in having a month of short stories.  Many people signed up and Utah Children's Writer blog was born this very month.  
There are MANY great short stories!  Go read them!

I just submitted my work.  It wasn't my original piece or my 2nd choice.  I struggled with the first two; making sure they were 500 words or less; cleaning up sentences; making the story more believable, etc.

 Then the one I posted came out in about 15 minutes! Sheesh!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Diamante Poem

Fuzzy, small
Inching, eating, fattening,
Small, green--colorful graceful
Cocooning, growing, dreaming
Bright, in flight

A diamante poem consists of:

1st Line: subject

2nd Line: two adjectives describing the subject

3rd Line: three words ending in "ing" telling about the subject

4th Line: four words, the first two describe the subject the last two describe its opposite

5th Line: three words ending in "ing" telling about the opposite

6th Line: two adjectives describing the opposite

7th Line: opposite

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Question Poem

This poetry pattern can be used to question anyone or anything. It can be rhyming or free verse.

When will we heal
How will it feel
Who will know
When the crimson snow
Will purify
By our loss

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Review

The Last Waltz by G.G. Vandagriff

Mrs. Vandagriff's book is full of history and rich storytelling. Her research and characters shine throughout the book.

The story starts with an engaged Amalia, an idealistic teen living in Austria right before WWI. Her fiance, a Baron who will help her family's social status, feels he can not be married and a soldier at the same time so he breaks off the engagement. Amalia is shocked and embarrassed and hides the breakup for as long as she can.
Almost immediately, two men seem to fall for her; one is a Baron and the other an idealistic Pole. Amalia is drawn to one through his kindness and the other through passion.
Amalia is still young and idealistic and makes a decision that will change not only her life but those around her.
With the outbreak of WWI, life becomes more complicated and tragic. Death seems to be around every corner and Amalia must learn to overcome the many obstacles in her path.
Amalia grows from a teenager into a strong woman who finds she can rely on the Lord and herself for strength and comfort.

Mrs. Vandagriff's story is full of history, romance and lessons to learn. Very well written and engaging! I found myself missing Amalia and her story when I closed the book.

Book Review

I bought this book because my husband's ancestors were with the first party through the Hole in the Rock with Trisit's great-grandmother!
This was a great historical novel about 'The Hole in the Rock' expedition.

Sarah William immigrates to Utah to join her sister, Mary Ann Perkins. Mary Ann and her husband Ben are members of the church; Sarah is not. The Perkins are asked to go to Southern Utah to blaze a trial to San Juan. Mary Ann asks Sarah to go with them and help with her children. The quick journey turns into hard, physical labor.
The trial is hard to traverse and much of it has to be blasted! Blasted through to make a 'Hole in the Rock'.

Along the way to San Juan, Sarah gains a testimony of the gospel and joins to the church.

After the Perkins are settled in a cabin Mary Ann's husband builds, he surprises Sarah by asking him to be his second wife. Both sisters are shocked and have to work through their feelings and faith to come to terms with polygamy.

Contest time!

Anne Bradshaw over at Not Entirely British, is running another contest! Go read all about the man who is giving away a very cool tie.

Contest Link

I met Anne at the Pleasant Grove Library Fundraiser. She is, can I say 'cute' without sounding like a cliche or a bad writer? Because she really is cute! Adorable! Sweet! All adjectives that describe this woman with an accent. Visit her blog and enter the contest!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Subject Poem

This poem can be on any subject, just make a list.

Turned up face
Looking at me
Bright, big smile
Dimpled cheek
Bright blue eyes
Happiness in them
Joy as a child knows joy
Child of mine

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Acrostic Poem

Poetry that certain letters, usually the first in each line form a word or message when read in a sequence.

Spring has not sprung yet in
Rather, it hides its head
In closed up flowers
Nighttime showers and
Ghosts of warm days

Friday, April 10, 2009

5 Ws Poem

Line 1 Who?
Line 2 What?
Line 3 When?
Line 4 Where?
Line 5 Why?

Played the old Steinway
When I was married more than a day
In an old museum full of stuff
I can't remember where, my head is full of fluff
I played, because I could

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Color Poetry

Choose a color and describe or compare things that have that color.

White is... a lily in my summer garden
White is...purity
White is... the snap of freshly laundered sheets
White is...sugar
White tastes like...marshmellows
White smells like...snow
White sounds like...peace
White feels like...softness
White looks like...billowy clouds
White makes me...calm
White is....heaven


Onomatopoeia are words that sound like the objects they name or the sounds those objects makes.

My summer garden buzzes with bees
The wind rustles through the leaves
Sprinklers hiss and come alive
The plants drink in moisture to survive
Water droplets drip, drop to the ground

Laughter from children echoes across the span
While picking and eating the berries in hand
Crunch! Goes a cucumber, fresh and warm
Through the garden the children swarm
Where happiness and food abound


A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morae, usually containing a season word.

Your Son slowly leaves
We pray for your Daughter, Spring
Where is she, Mother

Autobiography Poem

Today I celebrate me! :)

An autobiography Poem: A poem written about one self's life, personality traits, and ambitions.
Fun, friendly, Happy, Optimistic
Sibling to celebrations
Love my family, playing games, writing
Who feels tired and happy
Who needs chocolate, acknowledgement, good food
Who gives smiles, peace, laughter
Who fears horror movies and being a fraud
Who would like to see all my family active in the gospel
Living in the City of Trees

Line 1: Your first name

2: Four descriptive traits

3: Sibling of...

4: Lover of (people, ideas)

Line 5: Who feels...

Line 6: Who needs...

Line 7: Who gives...

Line 8: Who fears...

Line 9: Who would like to see...

Line 10: Resident of (your city)

11: Your last name (If published on the internet choose another name to describe yourself)

Poetry Month

I've been blog hopping today. It's been enjoyable! In my wanderings I read several times that April is National Poetry month.

I am amazed by
Poetry, and those who write
Can I be a poet

Do you like to read poetry? What is your favorite poem?

Do you like to write poetry? If yes, would you share one with me?

There is a website with challenge to write one poem a day; I might take that challenge.
How about you?

I am going to write a different poem everyday this month (fingers crossed in hope) .
I will write a little bit about what type or form of poetry I've written and challenge you to try your hand at writing!
It should be interesting, non-threatening, no pressure writing.
And have fun!

Poetry will bring out a different author in you!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

Yes. It's true!

Gene Autry is singing on my blog.

It came to me last night when I finally shut down my 'new' laptop....I'm back in the writing saddle again! 
I feel like I am looking forward to a visit with an old friend.  I want everything ready so when the arranged time is at hand, I am ready to give her my undivided attention.  
Then when we are together, we can't stop talking! I can't type our conversations fast enough.  Ideas come on top of ideas and I have to make sure to have paper and pen on hand to write them down so I don't forget.  

I'm feeling giggly and excited again today.  I've gotta go. My friend is waiting. 

A few of my favorite things I'm doing

I'm reading: Fiction: The Light After the War by Anita Abriel  It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban ...