Monday Writing Magic: 4 Timely Tips

Monday Writing Magic: The Leap from Reading to Writing

The leap from being a lover of books to becoming a lover of writing was not a very big one for me.  I’ve always loved to write . In elementary school, I carried around a small spiral notebook and would jot down little poems.  As a kindergarten teacher, I developed a program that utilized children’s picture books, not only for entertainment and enjoyment, but also to help young children deal with the challenges they encounter in those early years.  But it wasn’t until my own children were born that I began to write my own picture book stories.  And perhaps I have my husband to thank for that.

You see, my husband is an avid fly-fisherman and years ago he also refinished bamboo fly rods – he actually wrote a book on the subject back in 1986 that is considered the “bible” of rod restoration and repair.  When our first child was a toddler, we often accompanied my husband on his business trips.

Keeping a very young child peaceful and happy while sitting in a car for several hours is no mean accomplishment.  I was NEVER without a large pad of paper and a selection of pencils and crayons.  While my husband was in his meeting, I would be “entertaining” our son with a story-on-demand about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.  I still have many of those stories and hope one day to see them published.

My book for parents and teachers of preschoolers, based on the reading, crafting and cooking program I had developed during my teaching years, was published in September of 2010.  And again, my husband was the catalyst for encouraging me to follow through on a project that I had toyed with for many years.

Monday Writing Magic

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” are the well-known words of Thomas Edison.  I think this holds true when it comes to writing.   Whether it is a short story, poem, magazine article, full-length novel, children’s picture book or work of non-fiction, we need to:

  • Keep on writing…revising…and writing some more.
  • Read what other people are writing in your genre.
  • Be open to suggestion and advice, but remain true to your own style.
  • Connect with other writers…they will encourage you on your path to publication!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on July 29, 2013, in Monday Writing Magic, Writing Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I can’t imagine spending hours in a car with my kids so kudos to you for being able to do it and making it fun and entertaining!


  2. Your background and experience will stand you in good stead as a writer, Vivian.


  3. Take a blog break or cut way back like the rest of us have this summer. You have other priorities! 🙂 That’s what you’d say to me. Your post was inspiring and I enjoyed it. But take care of the things you need to so you can move. 🙂


  4. You nailed it! The importance of reading what’s out there is a really important step in the writing process. One often skipped.


  5. On one long trip, we gave the grandkids a Mother Goose book to follow along as we played a tape. We had made the tape–each adult choosing 4-5 favorites and reading them into the recorder–we skipped around in the book, saying things like, “Now turn to page 63. On the right side of the page…” Then we allowed time for them to get there before we began reading. It was a lot of work but also fun for us all, and the kids got a kick out of it.


  6. I always respect a person who can write and write on demand. You must be a very good story teller. I could never tell a story to my children so I read them from books to them. Thanks to the writers like you who come to our help. Good tips. Thanks.


  7. I am impressed that you could supply stories on demand – I always need time to think… often years! 🙂 Good luck with the moving and don’t worry about blogging if you don’t have time. We’ll all still be here when you’re settled in your new home and ready to come back 🙂


    • Your words mean a lot to me, Susanna.:) I know I am harder on myself than I should be…I am going to take your advice and the advice of others who have said the same thing. The process of going thru so many years of accumulation is definitely overwhelming. I’ll visit and comment as much as I can…but I will step back from blogging myself. 🙂


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