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Becky Citra
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Becky Citra is the author of seventeen books for young readers. Her books frequently are selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Center for their annual “Our Choice” guide to the best books published in Canada.
Becky Citra is the author of seventeen books for young readers. Her books frequently are selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Center for their annual “Our Choice” guide to the best books published in Canada.

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Time to Read!
                                        Stephen
King says, If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.   That’s
nice to know because sometimes I feel guilty reading when I should be writing.   My
New Year’s Resolution for January : Find
th...

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DREAM BIG for 2015!
A new writing year! I like to dream big . . . a contract for my hard-to
–find-a home- for fantasy . . . an unexpected award nomination. . . record
sales on my royalty statements . . .   venturing into self-publishing . . . Anything
is possible! To get me st...

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Jump Start a Scene
                                            My 94
year old mother is my first reader. As I progress through this current novel, I
read each scene out loud to her over the telephone. I don’t share early drafts
with anyone else, because I’m not really looking...

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A LITTLE MORE HEMINGWAY
    I talked about Hemingway’s “one true sentence” in my last blog. That’s
what I’ve been trying to do all week long, just write one true sentence after
the other. If I look at the whole novel, I feel utterly daunted. If I go
sentence by sentence, I know I’...

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ONE TRUE SENTENCE
                         I’ve
been away from my writing for a while. No real excuse. It happens sometimes.
There are times when I even contemplate a life without writing. Think of all
that free time to do something else. But something always tugs me back. T...

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PARADISE LOST?
                                       I grew up on a diet of mysteries and adventure stories. You
know the fare if you’re of my generation – Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, all
the Enid Blyton books, boarding school stories, the Black Stallion series,
Tolki...

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WHOOPS!
                                                “Picture
book writers don’t have the novelist’s luxury to creep into a story. Your
opening has to be quick, grabbing the audience from the get-go.” That’s
a quote from Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Pau...

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Food For Thought
                                            I came across a fun somewhat whimsical little book called
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. It’s full of fun drawings and some good
advice. To recap, here are the rules: 1.      Never open a book with weather....

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AM I ONTO A GOOD THING?
  Create
a series and you’ve got it made. Publishers and readers will be clamouring for
the next book. Right? Not always.   Nothing
about writing is easy and that includes crafting a series. I’ve written two
series: Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater for ages...

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ANYONE KNOW A TECHIE?
  I
know a lot of middle-aged writers! We were raised in the 50’s and 60’s and I
think have a fair amount of nostalgia for those times. Young people today roll
their eyes when we reminisce about actually walking to school, playing outside
unsupervised, ridi...
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