WIELDING THE RIGHT WORDS

WIELDING THE RIGHT WORDS (And the Right Journals.) by Shutta Crum Okay, you’ve slogged through a difficult—even hellish—first draft (or two). Your plots are working (external and internal voyages), and your characters have depth. Good. And now you need a break. You’re in luck! Now it’s time to play. That is, to play a kind of hide & seek with words that are precise, revealing, elegant and, even, incantatory. In essence: the right words. Won’t that be fun? You know it will, because if you are like most writers you come to your love of story through a love of language having first heard the words fall softly upon your ears. And many children’s book writers started out as poets—those musical ar

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