Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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January 7, 2013: After some hard thought, I've decided to officially shut down this blog. I know I haven't updated it in a while, but I thought I should let you all know so you can remove it from your RSS feeds, etc.

Reason: I've decided that I need to find ways to make more time to read and create books.

I had great fun working on illustrating I'M BORED (written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012) and am now working on writing and/or illustrating new book projects. In addition to my picture book projects, I also want to get back to my novel writing.

My challenge: I want to do too many things and am currently involved in too many projects. My solution: To prioritize and cull.

You can find out what I'm working on at or follow me on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my projects.

-- Debbie

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iPad Novel Writing Project (Part 2): Outlining

The following is part of my iPad Novel Writing Project, in which I attempt to outline and write a middle grade novel from scratch on my iPad.

I've started creating a rough outline of my story using Manuscript's add/edit chapter feature. Clicking on "ADD CHAPTER" lets you add a chapter title and a brief description.

My plan: to use this feature to write a brief summary of the action in each chapter. I like the fact that the list of chapters includes a brief excerpt from each chapter summary, and that I can rearrange the chapters in any order.

What I don't like:

- Dropdown chapter editing box is small, so you can only see a few chapters at a time without  having to scroll.

- Because the chapter editing box is so small, rearranging the order of the chapters is a pain, especially if you have a lot of chapters.

- When you add a chapter, the new chapter goes to the END of the chapter list...again, a pain if you have a lot of chapters.

I think I'm going to look for another iPad app to do my outlining. More in an upcoming post...