Friday, January 21, 2011

Writing Tips from Kerin Bellak-Adams

Welcome to Day 4 of the 6-day virtual tour for my new book D/HD Success! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem The Diary Method Ages 7-17. Today I'd like to share some of my best writing tips.

Interesting ideas stem from experiences one has had with their own children, other people’s kids, or as a teacher, or mental health provider. Keep the material all under one file on the computer and think carefully what each one will be labeled. The heading should have careful thought put into it, and direct all other entries. There is no perfection, just progress. Write from the heart –not just the head. Do some research too in the field. Think about what you’re trying to accomplish and get across that this will make a REAL difference to the reader. It pays to do research to make sure no one else has written on exactly what you have in mind, and in the way that you present the material. Readers want new material and publishers look for why they should select your work rather than someone else’s. Publishing is a very competitive world and now more than ever, so authors have it harder than ever.

Find out more about the book and read some sample pages at Also, don't forget to visit the National Writing for Children Center, where my book is showcased all this month. You can listen to my recent interview on Book Bites for Kids there, plus find out what people are saying about my book.

Follow Day 5 of my tour tomorrow at Leave a comment every day of my tour and your name will automatically be entered to win a Gift Box Bundle - filled with books and other goodies - at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.


Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for the great tips, Kerin. And thanks for being my guest today.

Ellen said...

Some great suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

Turning the Clock Back said...

I wish my son's class would focus on writing from the heart and not the head! He used to love to write until they started telling him HOW to need this kind of intro with x number of explanatory sentences, etc. Now, he hates it :( He likes to write about the things he enjoys but hates it when he is assigned a topic. I know it is important to teach kids the basics of sentence structure and how to write, I just wish it didn't kill the desire to write completely!

Admin said...

Sounds like a really neat book!

Cheryl said...

Diane, that's definitely too bad about your son. Our schools don't worry about that kind of stuff right away. They encourage just getting the thoughts down first and then as the kids get older they begin to add in self-editing. I like the way they handle it.

Great tips, Kerin. Thanks for sharing.


April said...

Great posts and wonderful ideas/suggestions!

terri.forehand said...

Such good points. Thanks for touring and sharing.