"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending..." Kermit the Frog
Monday, July 2, 2012
Pitching Plot Bunnies
You know that point when you've decided to eat healthy, and then McDonald's advertises their Rolo McFlurry? Sometimes that happens in my writing life too. Focus meets temptation. And temptation looks like a mighty sweet treat. Sometimes we dive into a manuscript and are making amazing progress when a plot bunny hops by and catches our interest. Plot bunnies are story ideas that pop into a writer's head and beg for attention. I'm not one to ignore a plot bunny. I might need that fellow when I finish my current WIP. My fabulous writer friend Donna Earnhardt has a July challenge perfect for rounding up those critters so they'll be there when you need them. Check out Donna's Elevator Pitches Challenge .
I love to write for kids and am the Social Networking Coordinator for SCBWI Carolinas. I also enjoy eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts, playing guitar, and being a mom. You can contact me at LauraLRenegar at gmail dot com.
With a slip of paper and a lighter, Mazie ruined lives. With her sketch pad in a tattoo shop, she’ll try to save one. Fresh out of juvie for arson, fifteen-year-old Mazie is living on the streets and searching for a missing girl—the daughter of the firefighter who died in the flames Mazie started. But finding Samantha means NOT laying low—a dangerous proposition considering a sexy tattooed stranger, maybe Samantha’s kidnapper, is hunting Mazie down.
PRINCESS OR PIRATE? chapter book / girls ages 6-9 9,000 words
Megan is new to Chester Bay Academy and must choose between becoming a princess battling time and beast to save a wrongly accused dragon, or a misfit scallywag searching for treasure under the black flag of the shifty Captain Greytooth. Either choice leads to adventure; the reader decides which one Megan will choose first.
REGAN’S ROOM picture book / ages 4-8 700 words
Regan’s mom says her room is a jungle, but Regan doesn’t think it’s bad until a boa constrictor starts slithering toward her guinea pig's cage. Regan must escape from quicksand, rising flood waters, and more to rescue Humphrey from becoming a snake snack.
NAOMI’S NAP MAT picture book / ages 4-6 700 words
Naomi arrives in kindergarten wishing her faded nap mat was slick and new like everyone else’s. But when story time begins, her mat whisks her into space, and soon she is doing cartwheels on the moon. Naomi learns that being different can be good, and sharing with a friend can be even better.
CLOUD HOPPER picture book / ages 4-8 700 words
Josie tries to swing all the way over her swing set and ends up in the clouds instead. She enjoys bouncing on the fluff, but worries she will get in trouble for leaving home without asking permission. She must find a way down before the neighborhood search grows bigger.
THE DANGLER picture book / ages 4-8 700 words
Young Coretta’s tooth is loose, and the clock is ticking. She must make her dangler disappear before her string-toting, tooth-tying, door-slamming uncle comes to visit. When bebopping, jump roping, and taffy tugging fail to do the trick, Coretta surprises Uncle James…and herself…with the craziest idea of all.