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WRITE HABIT: #NYSCBWI15 Anthony Horowitz: Grabbing Young Readers

Saturday morning of the NY SCBWI 2015 conference opened with Anthony Horowitz as our first keynote.  Anthony Horowitz has written loads of books, specializing in mystery and suspense. He's well known for his Alex Rider series, the Diamond Brothers series, and The Power of Five Series. He's also commissioned to write the next James Bond book, so if you had any doubt regarding his ability to take you on an adventure, think again. As a presenter, he's entertaining with loads of energy.  In other words, right up my alley!














Writing Tips He shared with my side notes to get you thinking...

1. Test your ideas. Talk about them, think with them, share them with people you know and see if its a topic others are interested in.

2. Write with Authority, Knowledge, and Confidence. Your readers will know if you don't know what you're talking about. Become familiar with your topic through research and experience.  **Don't jump off a train to see what it feels like, but a sofa or …

Where in the World has Kim been?

That's a good question, and one I can probably answer, but it won't be quick and believe me, it might even be painful.

Since July's World Cup post, I've been to Ocean City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, CA for the SCBWI Conference--pure awesomeness by the way (I'll post photos in the upcoming months--you know just me hanging with Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Jay Asher, Thirteen Reason's Why), and the day after LA, I left for three weeks to camp in the Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. During the fall, I coordinated and ran Eastern Pa's Fall Philly Event, and spent my afternoons and weekends as my kiddos personal chauffeur. I've also been elbow deep in revisions for my New Adult, And Then He--and squeak: It's ALMOST ready to submit. I'm a little crazy and A LOT neurotic, but I swear to you I will be submitting it soon. Darn thing won't publish itself.

And shiver me timbers and call me stubborn, but after the Fall Phil…