One more tool

When I was younger, and at times in college, I made attempts to keep a journal. I would put their contents in the category of “warm-up drills.” Some swear by them. Here’s an argument for using one.

The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using.
http://writeitsideways.com/the-most-obvious-writing-tool-youre-not-using/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=writeitsideways

More tools to use

Stories without research can be pretty flat. Here are some useful sources and a few tips for using them. I’ve used several of them and they’re great.

Research Tools Every Writer Needs – Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.
http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/08/26/research-tools-every-writer-needs/#more-9607

Tips for self-publishing

Do you want to write to make money? Is writing your hobby? Or are you interested in publishing one book, perhaps a memoir to give to family members? If you’ve decided self-publishing is your best option, regardless of your long-term goals, consider these tips from Ryan Lanz.

How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right For You | A Writer’s Path.
http://ryanlanz.com/2015/06/20/how-to-tell-which-self-publishing-company-is-right-for-you/

Stories of loss and survival

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not something I think of as a children’s book, but it clearly involves a refugee. But I could concede the point. And with recent UN reports of at least 60 million refugees in the world today, the topic is well worth a few more books. And not just for children. Do any of these inspire you?

Jon Walter’s top 10 refugee heroes in children’s fiction | Children’s books | The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/jun/18/jon-walters-top-10-refugee-heroes-in-childrens-fiction

Get on stage

Rufus Cadigan mentioned checking around for places to have plays produced. Some less obvious venues were clubs and church groups. He also talked about offering to write historical plays for institutions, such as local history museums, but that could also include community’s celebrating significant anniversaries. Then, there are contests. Here’s a source for a few.

Play Submissions Information: 7 Playwriting Contests and Submissions Websites Every Playwright Should Know.
http://playsubmissionsinfo.blogspot.com/2012/04/7-play-submissions-websites-every_26.html?m=1