Welcome to Inkygirl: Reading, Writing and Illustrating Children's Books (archive list here) which includes my Creating Picture Books series, Advice For Young Writers and IllustratorsWriter's and Illustrator's Guide To Twitter, interviews, my poetry for young readers, #BookADay, writing/publishing industry surveys, and 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day Writing Challenge. Also see my Inkygirl archives,  and comics for writers (including Keiko and Will Write For Chocolate). Also check out my Print-Ready Archives for Teachers, Librarians, Booksellers and Young Readers.

I tweet about the craft and business of writing and illustrating at @inkyelbows. If you're interested in my art or other projects, please do visit DebbieOhi.com. Thanks for visiting! -- Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Wednesday
May242017

Writers & illustrators: Remember to enjoy the journey instead of constantly comparing yourself to others. You may be luckier than you think.

Tuesday
May232017

A new Will Write For Chocolate comic! Confession: I have a wee bit of Esme in my bibliophile soul.

 

 

Thursday
May182017

A comic for fellow font nerds

Thursday
May182017

Donalyn Miller's 9th Annual Summer #BookADay Challenge and how I'm using it this summer

Yay, it's time for Donalyn Miller's annual summer #BookADay Challenge!

I do read all year round, but I find the #BookADay event a fun extra excuse to do some extra reading, plus I love the community aspect. 

Here's where you can find more info about #Bookaday:

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Thursday
May182017

Productivity tip for writers: Learn how to write ANYWHERE and in the pockets of time others might normally discard.

If you're short on writing and revising time, try my Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge.

Wednesday
May172017

Productivity tip for writers/illus: While online, DON'T FALL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. 

Monday
May152017

Comic: It's Still A Book

I embrace reading in ALL formats but I do still love the tactile experience & focus of a print book, especially for picture books.

Thanks to Paul Carroll for the comic caption!

Friday
May122017

You never know what might come out of a broken crayon.

Thursday
May112017

Writers and illustrators: Be brave. Fail. Try again. Succeed. Rinse & repeat. - Jenny Bent

Morning doodle inspired by one of my favourite pieces of advice, from Jenny Bent:

Writers and illustrators: "Be brave. Fail. Try again. Succeed. Rinse and repeat."

 

Thursday
May112017

Comic: Life With A Scrabble Addict

Wednesday
May102017

I may not look it, but I have Southern in my soul: SEA MONKEY & BOB Book Tour Thoughts (and a POEM)

I'm back from my Sea Monkey & Bob book tour through the Southern states! My head and heart are so full.

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Monday
May082017

Advice for other writers/illus who go thru self-doubt during creative process: be kind to yourself, focus on NOW.

Monday
May082017

Writers: don't worry about the details in the first draft. GET IT FINISHED FIRST, revise later.

Saturday
May062017

Comparing yourself to others can suck joy out of creating. Find your own pace, savor the journey.

Tuesday
May022017

Regular reminder to writers: DO YOUR BACKUPS. And have a backup for your backup.

Friday
Apr212017

A comic for bibliophiles

Thursday
Apr202017

Comic: Fairy Tale Critiquing Angst + some advice for writers and illustrators

It's so important for writers and illustrators to develop a thick hide in this business. If you don't, chances are good that you won't be able to handle the critiques (solicited or not) and bad reviews. Learn how to take negative feedback gracefully.

And never EVER publicly respond to a negative review. This applies to friends of authors as well as authors themselves.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Interview with Vijaya Bodach, who sold her TEN EASTER EGGS picture book mss to Scholastic through an Inkygirl post

Back in 2013, I posted an interview with Scholastic editor Celia Lee, who invited Inkygirl readers to submit picture book manuscripts for a limited time. Two book contracts came out of that, including Josh Funk's PIRASAURS! story (see my interview with Josh Funk and the illustrator, Michael Slack).

I'm delighted to interview the author of the other book that sold. Vijaya Bodach's story, Ten Easter Eggs, illustrated by Laura Logan, published by Scholastic in 2015. For those in the Mt. Pleasant, SC area, Vijaya Bodach will be doing a Ten Easter Eggs Reading at the local Barnes & Noble.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

A Compilation Of Advice For Young Writers & Illustrators From Children's Book Creators

Thanks to all the children's book writers and illustrators who have contributed advice for young writers and illustrators in their Inkygirl.com interviews over the years! I'm gradually going through my archives as well as my interviews with authors of books I've illustrated and compiling a list of advice takeaways.

If you click on the author's name beside each piece of advice, you can read the full interview.

Here is the list of advice for young writers and artists from published children's book creators.

Thursday
Mar162017

Tips for busy bibliophiles who have trouble finding time to read

When I was a child, I remember looking around my school library and vowing to read every single book on the shelves. As a grown-up, I've discovered it can be a challenge sometimes to find time to read. I rarely get the luxury of reading an entire book at one sitting.

What I've learned: that it's not so much about finding time to read as making time to read. And as Stephen King pointed out in his On Writing book (which I'm rereading right now), writers need to make time to read. "If you don't have the time to read, then you don't have the time (or the tools) to write."

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