Today I’m hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour for Penelope Anne Cole and her Magical series of books for children.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Penelope tells us about her life as a writer.
The Writer’s Life
There’s no typical writing day for me, because I get ideas when I’m walking, sleeping, riding in the car, teaching, gardening, and even shopping!
Then I hurry to my computer and write down the idea to work on later when I have more time.
In addition to ideas I get when walking, I also get ideas from reading other books, watching TV shows, and movies.
I’ve even had “dream” ideas.
Once I get an idea, I let it percolate and mush around in my head until it’s ready to be put on the page to be revised, read aloud, rewritten, read over, edited, re-read, and then revised again!
I’ve also gotten writing ideas from workshops I’ve attended.
Lately, most of the workshops are with the Fremont Area Writers and the South Bay Writers of the California Writers Club, which is the original writing club founded by Jack London!
In addition to my children’s books and stories, I’ve been challenging myself to write poetry and short fiction: Flash Fiction, which very low word counts.
It helps stretch one’s mind.
Think of Hemingway’s six word classic: For Sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
Generally I spend my mornings on social media, catching up with the world, and posting about my events and activities, showcasing my books.
I’m able to write more in the afternoons and evenings.
I usually have classical music on when I’m writing and editing.
Sometimes I’ll have a TV show on for company.
Then I write or revise my writing during the commercials.
My writing space used to be in my home office, but that space became the piano room and cats’ room – now it is kind of a catch all storage room.
So I moved my laptop and work table to the living room, where I can have my classical music, look at my paintings, and be near my napping cats when I’m writing.
I have my tea and my water cooler, so I’m all set.
I don’t have a set time each day to write.
Since I’ve been teaching and tutoring a lot this past year, plus had to deal with some family pet losses, I haven’t written as much this year.
I have been working on publishing the econd editions of my first two books, plus getting some picture books illustrated and most of them translated into Spanish.
I have eight titles now, with seven of them translated into Spanish that are in the process of being formatted and published.
To learn more about Penelope Anne Cole and her books, visit her website at www.penelopeannecole.com.
Get the links to follow along on each day of this tour at www.writingforchildrencenter.com.