@kidlitchat: TOPIC: What are your favorite creative warm-ups?

What else do you do to keep your creative engine running? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:00 am

@gregpincus: TOPIC: What are your favorite creative warm-ups? What else do you do to keep your creative engine running? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:00 am

@PBWorkshop: Tip #1- Sit in on #kidlitchat #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:02 am

@LaurenColantoni: RT @kidlitchat: TOPIC: What are your favorite creative warm-ups? What else do you do to keep your creative engine running? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:02 am

@gregpincus: For me... I love to warm-up the writing day by working on poems. It's how I started writing Fibs, in fact. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:02 am

@delzey: RT @kidlitchat: TOPIC: What are your favorite creative warm-ups? What else do you do to keep your creative engine running? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:03 am

@AnnStampler: Oh dear, I don't actually have any creative warm-ups. Do head-banging & compulsive re-reading count? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:03 am

@PBWorkshop: @gregpincus So, do you have a daily routine? during breakfast, work-out, aftr reading paper? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:03 am

@gregpincus: @annstampler Those sound like warm-ups, to me!! They also work in the middle of the day, too.... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:03 am

@LaurelSnyder: When I need to jump start, I dig into the piles and drifts of old failed files, start revising... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:04 am

@WendyMartinArt: I spend some time looking at DeviantArt #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:04 am

@delzey: i'm usually pretty fired up when i sit down to write, but when i'm stumped i, too, work on poems. cross-out, limericks... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:05 am

@AnnStampler: I also find that just sitting in conferences (esp SCBWI summer), I zone out &I 'm bombarded with ideas. Creative disinhibition. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:05 am

@gregpincus: @PBWorkshop I wish I had a schedule that allowed that regularity. But when I have a chunk of time, I always start with poetry. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:05 am

@PCrutcher: ---> RT @laurelsnyder: When I need to jump start, I dig into the piles and drifts of old failed files, start revising... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:05 am

@AnnStampler: @LaurelSnyder Yes, going through old stuff is wonderful to jump start, but thin line to procrastination for me. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:06 am

@CarolTanzman: Hi, all. I jumpstart sometimes by looking at photos of my settings. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:06 am

@ixtumea: For me it really helps to go running in the morning before anyone else is up. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:06 am

@KatGirl_Studio: The playlists I make for each project keeps me going. Also I start each morning with a browse of DA's main page. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:06 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @CarolTanzman Me too. Images always help to get you in the right head space, music too. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:07 am

@michaelascotto: Good evening, folks! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:07 am

@susankayequinn: OMG I actually made it to a #kidlitchat #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@AnnStampler: @KatGirl_Studio I love the idea of each book having its own playlist! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@ixtumea: If I'm stuck I've been known to read more/or watch a movie. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@CarolTanzman: I can't listen to music. My hubby's a musician and practices too much so I've learned to tune it out when I'm writing. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@deegarretson: if I really need some inspiration, I roam around the nonfic section of the library, look at random books, art, travel, history #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@LaurenColantoni: I always start by giving my character, whomever that might be, a name. It always seems to help me get to know them. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@ixtumea: I also do music playlists. For my upcoming book I listened to tons of Taylor Swift. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:08 am

@story_queen: First, I do a brain dump (free write for seven minutes just to unclog the neurons-or whatever-) then I just dig in. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@ixtumea: I also tear out photos of actors/models that reflect my character. I've even had another YA author sketch Jordan for me. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@Miranda_Paul: @kidlitchat I do a lot of write-for-hire so I 'warm up' by writing a pitch 1st. Makes drafting easier +client already approves. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @AnnStampler music is very important to my writing since i see images and stories when i hear music. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@delzey: during my daily jogs i run plot and chapter outlines in my head, repeat dialog until i memorize it, maybe some haiku #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@susankayequinn: @LaurenColantoni Me too! Unless my character is named, I can't even picture them. #modelphotoshelptoo #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:09 am

@gregpincus: @ixtumea You should look at Pinterest as a way to collect all the images in one place online #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:10 am

@RuckusMedia: Getting inspirational tips from #KidLitChat tonight
February 1, 2012, 2:10 am

@AnnStampler: @KatGirl_Studio So funny how different -- at times I need silence to hear what's going on in the books, & to hear the sentences. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:10 am

@ixtumea: @gregpincus Ooh, will look into that. Have problem finding Latino models for my one project. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:10 am

@story_queen: Sometimes I write about what I think I want to write about, without actually writing it. (Does that make any sense?) #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:11 am

@ixtumea: I've been known to outline a scene while on my run. Yes, I say it outloud and yes I get weird looks. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:11 am

@Miranda_Paul: I also have a lot of MSS and drafts so I do more revising than new writing these days - but revising is a warmup itself! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:11 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @delzey that's what i do in the shower or in traffic. Plot out stories or tell myself them in my head as if I were reading it. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:11 am

@LaurenColantoni: I love studying favorite illustrators' portfolios for inspiration. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:11 am

@ixtumea: I also will write on whatever I have available if I get an inspiration like I did today. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@LaurelSnyder: @AnnStampler Me too, Ann. I can't write with any sound. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@susankayequinn: @ixtumea I had the hardest time finding male latino model photos for a character! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@bkshelfdetectiv: #kidlitchat attending a SCBWI conf is a "warm up" that'll last months! Inspirational,motivating speakers. Great prompts. Creative Juices go!
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@LaurelSnyder: I sometimes listen to music BEFORE I write, for tone/voice... but not while writing. Lately it's Leonard Cohen. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @AnnStampler I can't work in silence, it really bothers me. If there is no sound i start making my own. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@ixtumea: @susankayequinn I ended up looking at modeling sites. But yeah, it's really tough without getting into a p*rno site. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@LM_Preston: Oh yes, they are hard to find. RT @susankayequinn: @ixtumea I had a hard time finding male latino model photos for a character! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:12 am

@susankayequinn: I try writing the whole novel in a different POV (but in about three paragraphs). Jars things loose. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@CarolTanzman: @LaurelSnyder @AnnStampler Yep. I just crave silence. The voices in my head are loud enough #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@Miranda_Paul: @deegarretson I go straight to fiction (children's section, usually PBs) for inspiration. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@LaurelSnyder: @delzey Oh, I do that. Say things over and over, to cement them. But so often I still forget them. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@ixtumea: In my sekrit project I have more multicultural characters and yes it was hard finding good photos that reflect my vision. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@susankayequinn: LOL! Um, yes. @ixtumea: I ended up looking at modeling sites. But yeah, its really tough without getting into a p*rno site. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:13 am

@LM_Preston: hey #kidlitchat what's the topic?
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@delzey: if i'm REALLY having problems, i invent fake band names & write blurbs about their latest release. or blog reviews. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@KatGirl_Studio: maybe my fondness for music is cuz I'm also a dancer. without music I think my chars would be standing around doing nothing. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@michaelascotto: I like to read my previous day's writing aloud. It gives me back the rhythm of what I'm doing, where I'm going #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@AnnStampler: @LaurelSnyder Oh God,Leonard Cohen.Scary that getting into that space emotionally would lead straight to 1968 historical fiction #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@Miranda_Paul: @susankayequinn This also works for PBs, just rewrote one in 1st person @ suggestion of my SCBWI mentor + got character insight. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:14 am

@ixtumea: Believe it or not watching the entire Roswell the TV series helped me dig deeper into the whole forbidden love storyline. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@ixtumea: Inspiration comes in strange places. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@LM_Preston: I can't write in First person to save my life, it's not fun for me #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@story_queen: @LaurenColantoni Well, I might write, "I want this story to be lyrical, but not too whimsical...deeply emotional perhaps..) #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@wendyorr: I use a meditation CD designed for studying; any other music or noise is too hard to tune out for early drafts. #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@LaurenColantoni: Most of my ideas come to me in the morning right when I wake up. My mind is clear and thoughts are fresh. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@AnnStampler: @CarolTanzman & I feel like such a bitch making people play on a different floor of the house or not amplify or use earphones. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:15 am

@story_queen: @LaurenColantoni It's like telling myself about the story (in writing) without actually writing it. #mindgame #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:16 am

@delzey: @LaurelSnyder i like doing haiku while running because i can use footfalls as a rhythm, repetition of the lines makes them stick #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:16 am

@ixtumea: What's funny is son is picking up on some of my writing habits like drawing out his characters. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:16 am

@AnnStampler: @LaurenColantoni I work best in the a.m., too, altho w/ deadlines I go far into the night. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:17 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @LaurenColantoni my brain is mush right when I get up so i do no brainer things like checking email. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:17 am

@susankayequinn: @delzey @LaurelSnyder i like doing haiku while running because i can use footfalls as a rhythm //awesome #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:17 am

@ixtumea: I work best in the morning but with my now very active life, I've had to seize whatever time is open to me. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:17 am

@jessStorkwrites: I love researching on google to jumpstart my writing... it gets my mind in the game. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@story_queen: @delzey I would sooo read a book about a fake band..if they were awesome. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @LaurenColantoni i get my ideas before i go to sleep, so i do my writing after everyone else is asleep late at night. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@Miranda_Paul: I know some writers join challenges (like #12x) or enter contests (See Rena's http://t.co/we1Q6A7l) to get creative ideas. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@wendyorr: @gregpincus haven't tried pininterest, but collect images into file & use as screensaver #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@ixtumea: Today, while son was at satellite school? I bought laptop and wrote in the library and also Starbucks. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@CarolTanzman: I can rewrite at night.. but first draft is best right in the a.m. In my pj'scup of java and I'm there. n #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@kellyhashway: A little late, but I'm here. Hi, everyone! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@LM_Preston: I also cheat with writing an outline. Usually takes me a month to finish that baby #kidlitchat then I always go rogue on the darn thing
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@delzey: @KatGirl_Studio i have an ENTIRE book in my head from various runs, haven't written a word in a year of jog-plotting #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:18 am

@Miranda_Paul: @LaurenColantoni Agreed! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@AnnStampler: I'm realizing my silence thing goes way back; I was a barrel of laughs as a college roommate. Don't breath, I'm writing. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@CarryUsOffBooks: Freewriting away the nonsense chatter. Then I can focus on speaking to my characters. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@ixtumea: While at Starbucks I get some ideas and I especially get ideas while in satellite study hall with teens. And I ask them ?s 2 #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio @LaurenColantoni yeah, I'm not cognizant either when I wake up... I have to do blog posts. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@ixtumea: Teens crack me up and also amaze me. I think alot of ppl don't take them seriously. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@AnnStampler: @CarolTanzman You could be my silent drinking coffee knocking out first drafts early morning buddy. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:19 am

@CarryUsOffBooks: Oh yeah, reading and listening to music are tremendously helpful, too. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@kellyhashway: @susankayequinn Hi! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@delzey: @story_queen down the road (WAY down the road) i have a diptych about a great fictitious band (does diptych work for books?) #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@LM_Preston: My daughter and I are writing a book together :-D and she's really good at taking critique and making me do the typing #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@ixtumea: I also will just write. If it's all crap, that's ok. I guess myself permission to do that. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@Miranda_Paul: @wendyorr Call me strange, but I write in silence. Only the sound of the fire (in winter, anyway) - or @KatieDavisBurps podcast #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@jessStorkwrites: I also work through a lot of my plot problems while I'm shelving books at work. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@LM_Preston: RT @ixtumea: I also will just write. If it's all crap, that's ok. I guess myself permission to do that. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:20 am

@ixtumea: I've also written diaries entries from my character's POV if I'm stuck. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@Miranda_Paul: @kellyhashway **wave** #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@kellyhashway: @LM_Preston That's awesome. You must be having a blast. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@susankayequinn: Nice!@LM_Preston: My daughter and I are writing a book together-and shes really good at taking critique and making me do typing #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @delzey i plot in my head when I can't sleep. Figure i might as well do something useful instead of just staring at the wall. #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@Miranda_Paul: @CarryUsOffBooks Hi Claudine! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@BrinaCourtney: late but here! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@kellyhashway: @Miranda_Paul I like silence too when I write. *wave* #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@LM_Preston: Yes, she's scheduled me in for Sat. mornings, lol!@susankayequinn RT @kellyhashway: That's awesome. You must be having a blast. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@CarolTanzman: gotta go, guys. fun to chat w/ you! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:21 am

@PBWorkshop: Reading anything wonderful, noticing language and concepts. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@AnnStampler: @ixtumea Yes, I've been doing character interviews for blogs & all sorts of ideas for new things have come out of being in char. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@LM_Preston: I love to write with noise, preferably some loud rock or party music #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @jessStorkwrites it was the same when i was in are school, I did crap work until noon. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@BrinaCourtney: @ixtumea but you should, they're absolutely brilliant people #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@delzey: @KatGirl_Studio that usually keeps me awake! if i can't shut it down at night i just keep getting up to make notes #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@RosanneParry: @gregpincus Poetry is my favorite warm up. Heart of a Shepherd started out as a sonnet. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@jessStorkwrites: @ixtumea What a great character exercise! There's a Character Blogfest exercise like that, interview your character. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:22 am

@BrinaCourtney: @LM_Preston I'm a Pandora freak, or mindless TV #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@hollycupala: @ixtumea we have a motto in my writing group for those days: "Adequate writing rocks!" #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@ixtumea: @BrinaCourtney Exactly. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @delzey If i can't sleep nothing helps. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@delzey: okay, so on the music front, i MUST have music, but it has to be so familiar that i'm not trying to listen to it. weird, i know #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@LM_Preston: Yep I like mindless tv. But usually action flicks on help me out. RT @BrinaCourtney: I'm a Pandora freak, or mindless TV #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:23 am

@CarryUsOffBooks: Hi Miranda! I believe this is the first time I'm joining this party. :) @Miranda_Paul #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:24 am

@AnnStampler: @KatGirl_Studio I get up & write when I can't sleep but not sure of the quality of the prose.Always needs tightening in the am #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:24 am

@LaurelSnyder: 1937, oddly. RT @AnnStampler ...Scary that getting into that space emotionally would lead straight to 1968 historical fiction #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:24 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio I know! But then I feel lazy @ noon when I haven't gotten any writing done. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:24 am

@susankayequinn: She's organized, like mama. :) @LM_Preston: Yes, shes scheduled me in for Sat. mornings, lol! @kellyhashway: #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@LM_Preston: My kids (having 4) have conditioned me to like background noise and to improve my tune out skills #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@BrinaCourtney: @delzey not weird, you can't stop writing to check out who that new artist is #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@susankayequinn: Teens are wicked smart. Also funny. @BrinaCourtney: @ixtumea but you should, theyre absolutely brilliant people #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@BrinaCourtney: @KatGirl_Studio my husband can't either, he thinks I'm totally ridiculous #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@wendyorr: @RosanneParry @gregpincus I often hear story in verse before I write it in prose. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @AnnStampler I just scribble things into my notebook and transcribe it in the morning. #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@AnnStampler: @hollycupala "Adquate writing rocks!" is wonderful! Right up there w/ "good enough mother." #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:25 am

@LM_Preston: Thing is, she might have something. A fox series, a quest, and a dragon. RT @susankayequinn: S @LM_Preston: @kellyhashway: #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:26 am

@kellyhashway: @LM_Preston My husband says I tune him out to write all the time. LOL #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:26 am

@Miranda_Paul: I'm writing a sports PB (as I chat)... Know any good ones I could read, just to fill my brain with what's already out there? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:26 am

@gregpincus: @wendyorr You'd like Pinterest! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:26 am

@LM_Preston: Lol, I do to, and snap at mine RT @kellyhashway: My husband says I tune him out to write all the time. LOL #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:26 am

@delzey: @BrinaCourtney i was doing that all the time with pandora and last.fm! that's why my laptop is overloaded with music #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:27 am

@BrinaCourtney: @kellyhashway they all say that! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:27 am

@bkshelfdetectiv: #kidlitchat I offer to drive the kids and teens and then I just listen to the conversations in the back seat!
February 1, 2012, 2:27 am

@kellyhashway: @LM_Preston When he's home in the summers, I enforce nap time for him

so I can get some peaceful writing time. ;) #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:27 am

@jessStorkwrites: I like the idea of character exercises in the morning pieces of the puzzle where the garbled prose doesn't have to be corrected.#kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:27 am

@kellyhashway: @BrinaCourtney Good. I don't feel so bad then. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@LM_Preston: I'm lucky since my oldest daughter (teen) and son beta read for me. Always stick me on dialogue. Also share with peers #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@AnnStampler: @RosanneParry I would love to read the sonnet that grew to Heart of a Shepherd! Is it up online somewhere? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@LaurenColantoni: I write picture books primarily, so I like to keep it simple. Over-thinking things can stand in the way of a clear message. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @kellyhashway My fiance doesn't mind me doing that, he just goes and works on his models. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @kellyhashway Though our roommate does think we are weird. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:28 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio sounds like a standard artist schedule to me. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@kellyhashway: @KatGirl_Studio I wish my husband was self-amusing, but he's not. He gets bored easily. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@amberlough: I sit down with some coffee, imagine myself in the scene, and put on Pandora.

Then, if that doesn't work, I MAKE myself write. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@LM_Preston: I sneak home early from work. RT @kellyhashway: When he's home in the summers, I enforce nap time for him #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@BrinaCourtney: @bkshelfdetectiv I coach cheering- I LOVE listening to them, they want me to write a book about the crazy stuff they tell me #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@Miranda_Paul: @bkshelfdetectiv Great tip! I sub. and study what kids do in the 10 minutes after the lesson but before bell rings. Telling! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@PBWorkshop: @Miranda_Paul One favorite is Teammates- NF. (Peter Golenbock), and Baseball Saved Us. What sport? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@kellyhashway: @LM_Preston You're so lucky. *jealous* #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:29 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @LM_Preston me and my fiance bounce ideas off each other. For me it's books for him it's the Pathfinder game he runs. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:30 am

@wendyorr: @gregpincus Thanks, will give Pinterest a try! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:30 am

@jessStorkwrites: I wish I could write with music/other noise... occasionally, I can write with wordless music like soundtracks. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:30 am

@BrinaCourtney: @KatGirl_Studio that's awesome that you're both creative! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:30 am

@Miranda_Paul: @PBWorkshop Baseball! #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:31 am

@AnnStampler: @BrinaCourtney Joining the jealous throng!!! What excellent listening opportunities. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:31 am

@BrinaCourtney: @wendyorr get ready to become addicted #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:31 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @kellyhashway all my ex-BF weren't self-amusing but my fiance totally is. One of the reasons he rocks =^.^= #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:31 am

@Miranda_Paul: @PBWorkshop And it's 'contemporary fiction.' - PB #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:31 am

@kellyhashway: @KatGirl_Studio Hold on to him. ;) #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:32 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @BrinaCourtney yep he does comics, models and roleplaying. i do art, writing, dance & historical re-enactment. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:32 am

@amberlough: Should I stay away from Pinterest? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:32 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @jessStorkwrites Oh nos you discovered my day job lol. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:32 am

@BrinaCourtney: @AnnStampler best part is I get to be involved! they come to me for advice #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:33 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @kellyhashway I am =^.^= we are getting married in October. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:33 am

@story_queen: @delzey er...um..what is a diptych? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:33 am

@jessStorkwrites: I must admit, I had never thought to use Pinterest specifically as a writing tool. Steampunk search, here I come! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:33 am

@kellyhashway: @KatGirl_Studio Congrats! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@LM_Preston: Aww :-D RT @KatGirl_Studio: @kellyhashway I am =^.^= we are getting married in October. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@KatGirl_Studio: What's Pinterest? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@BrinaCourtney: @KatGirl_Studio congrats!! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@LM_Preston: @KatGirl_Studio That's really great! I know you will be happy. You have a lot in common and support each other #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio That's okay, I go undercover as a Library Associate during the day. We all have our disguises. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:34 am

@story_queen: @LaurenColantoni Or in the way of the story! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:35 am

@delzey: @story_queen an art term "any object with two flat plates attached at a hinge" like a pair of paintings that are connected... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:35 am

@PBWorkshop: @Miranda_Paul Sorry-mind >>>HF/NF. Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map. Super. #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:35 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @LM_Preston yep. in august we will have been together for 6 years. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:35 am

@delzey: @story_queen ... only i'm applying the word to two books that are connected. like a trilogy-minus-one. is there another term? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:36 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio Think google image search only with a dash of facebook mixed in. That's Pinterest. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:36 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @jessStorkwrites My day job is as an illustrator and creative director. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:36 am

@gregpincus: @KatGirl_Studios Pinterest is a pinboarding site. You can create public boards or do private if you wanted to for work #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:36 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @BrinaCourtney does anyone have a link to Pinterest? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:36 am

@PolkStreetPress: @BrinaCourtney @KatGirl_Studio but watch out! Pinterest is strangely addictive :) #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:37 am

@BrinaCourtney: @KatGirl_Studio I just started so mine is a little bare but... http://t.co/Ugzy1W3M #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:37 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio @BrinaCourtney Got it: http://t.co/qYYpEPYB #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:38 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @gregpincus awesome! #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:39 am

@PBWorkshop: Gotrta duck away, but thanks for the many tips/quirks. And good noting, jogging, versing, shushing, snacking, etc. to all. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:40 am

@gregpincus: I stepped away for a minute, but did anyone mention "chocolate" as a creative warm up? Or WIP boost? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:41 am

@KatGirl_Studio: I'm totally going to use that for my wedding stuff. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:41 am

@LaurenColantoni: Thanks for the chat, all! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:41 am

@bkshelfdetectiv: @BrinaCourtney you should! #kidlitchat and don't you love that you're a safe landing spot for them to land with their stories?
February 1, 2012, 2:42 am

@LM_Preston: It's a rule RT @gregpincus: Did anyone mention "chocolate" as a creative warm up? Or WIP boost? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:42 am

@amberlough: Today I ran thru the slushy woods. Frozen feet. It was awesome and I pretended I was in a fantasy novel. Cleared my mind. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:43 am

@delzey: shouldn't a duck drop from the ceiling now? i feel like "chocolate" is the magic work for #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:43 am

@jessStorkwrites: Tea is my big creative boost... if I have extended writing time, I make myself a whole pot..& a sugar bowl #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:43 am

@wellfedpoet: @gregpincus Doesn't chocolate go without saying? #kidlitchat

February 1, 2012, 2:43 am

@bkshelfdetectiv: @Miranda_Paul #kidlitchat substitute teaching...you must see and hear it all!
February 1, 2012, 2:43 am

@amberlough: @gregpincus #kidlitchat I am addicted to chocolate chips when writing a first draft. (another reason why I must run a lot!)
February 1, 2012, 2:44 am

@jessStorkwrites: @KatGirl_Studio Be careful using it for the wedding. I use it for mine, and I lose hours of writing time in the evening. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:44 am

@delzey: since i write first thing in the morning i was going to deny chocolate had any part of warming-up but... steal-cut oats with... #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:45 am

@KatGirl_Studio: @jessStorkwrites it's much more useful than the bookmark folder i currently have. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:45 am

@LM_Preston: My coffee and chocolate habit is actually great for my diet #kidlitchat and works better than any vitamin.
February 1, 2012, 2:46 am

@BonnieAdamson: Hello, guys--what did I miss?? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:47 am

@BonnieAdamson: Chocolate? We're talking chocolate? Gosh, yes! Whatever the question was. :-D #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:47 am

@srjohannes: hi #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:48 am

@delzey: @BonnieAdamson we're ALWAYS talking about chocolate at some point. i think

writers drive the cocoa market. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:48 am

@BonnieAdamson: @delzey I feel so at home. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:49 am

@KatGirl_Studio: Chocolate doesn't motivate me. Having my characters be quiet so i can do other things, does. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:49 am

@AnnStampler: @gregpincus Oh God, yes, chocolate. My favorite blog post involves motivational cupcakes. Red velvet works too. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:49 am

@amberlough: RT @BonnieAdamson: Chocolate? We're talking chocolate? Gosh, yes! Whatever the question was. :-D #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:50 am

@BrinaCourtney: @AnnStampler mmmmm chocolate #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:50 am

@BrinaCourtney: @KatGirl_Studio chocolate doesn't motivate me, it makes me chubby #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:50 am

@BrinaCourtney: @srjohannes hey! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:50 am

@KatGirl_Studio: But in general I don't NEED motivation. I'm a work-a-holic, I'd work even if i didn't have things to do. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:50 am

@coachhays64: @PolkStreetPress @BrinaCourtney @KatGirl_Studio Addictive? Like your whole family with their devices laughing & sharing images? #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:51 am

@amberlough: It's getting late, and I've got to be up at 6 to write. #kidlitchat good night!

Will dream of chocolate and book signings.
February 1, 2012, 2:51 am

@spenserwrites: Doing dishes does it for me. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:52 am

@AnnStampler: I'm off, too. Heading for the kitchen to forage for Droste pastilles. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:52 am

@coachhays64: @kidlitchat Scribble notes on folded up sheets of scrap paper from work. Put all the notes together; things begin to make sense. #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:53 am

@ktubb: Hi, all! Just noticed that #kidlitchat is going on -wish I'd caught more of it! It appears the topic tonight is chocolate? ;-)
February 1, 2012, 2:54 am

@LM_Preston: G'night it was fun #GetRealChat and #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:54 am

@coachhays64: @ktubb Distilled down to it's very essence, isn't #kidlitchat all about the chocolate?
February 1, 2012, 2:58 am

@kellyhashway: Have a great night everyone! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 2:59 am

@story_queen: @delzey I kind of like "trilogy-minus-one". #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 3:01 am

@gregpincus: Thanks for chatting, y'all! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 3:01 am

@gregpincus: @ktubb As far as I'm concerned, chocolate is always part of the topic of #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 3:02 am

@ktubb: @coachhays64 @gregpincus Ha! Chocolate *does* seem to be a recurring theme around the #kidlitchat parts. :-)
February 1, 2012, 3:04 am

@CarryUsOffBooks: Goodnight! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 3:06 am

@BrinaCourtney: night! #kidlitchat
February 1, 2012, 3:10 am