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Turning My Picture Book Into A Novel

In my experience most writers have said that they find poetry hard. They often avoid giving critique because poetry is deeply personal. Styles vary and rules can be broken. On the contrary I prefer to write poetry and the stories I’ve written lend themselves to poetry. They are short and to the point. But am I avoiding things?

Through poetry I can hide my true feelings and beliefs in between double meanings. I often make up stories within the poem, based on people I know and people watching. I get inspiration from my own life as well, but this is deeply hidden.

This has led me to ask the hard question- can a poet become a novelist?

I’ve met different writers- one of which who said she’d never undergo the daunting task of writing a novel. She prefers writing short stories. Is she avoiding hard work or is short story writing, like poetry a different skill set that can lend itself to novel writing?

The challenge of writing a novel is keeping the thoughts in my head and carrying them onto other chapters to connect them. Much like the way I linked the ideas in my picture book from one page to another. After some thought on this, I decided to change one of my picture books into a novel.

Pictures in a picture book tell the details of the story, interpreting in depth what is written on the page. It does some of the work for the reader, and of course this can be interpreted in more depth. I’ve integrated this into a picture story map strategy.

In fact, I have different story maps that work in parallel to each other as the story is told. Because in a novel, one must consider the perspectives of all the characters. It’s exciting because the outcome can vary depending on the attention to detail you give to the characters and the setting, and the choices you make.

This is when feedback is important – what to keep and what not to keep- like a choose your own adventure series. The story can go in any direction. Picture maps make this task easier because I draw sequenced pictures of different alternatives to the story. It’s quick!

I’ve focused on my picture book ‘Colour My Ball’ for my novel idea. (See the clip below.) I’ve used material from my main novel that I’ve been writing for years now and added to it. Originally, it was an adult’s book. Sandra, from WordHugs suggested that it would make a great novel for young people. Can’t recall what age she suggested but it’s lending itself more and more towards young adults.  Establishing the audience is important because this will direct the novel.

It’s tricky… I prefer not to write about the storyline just yet because by doing so might set it in stone. I know why I’m writing it and this is the greatest power that gives it direction. I look forward to publishing it so that I can hold it and read it. It will be like looking into my life and the lives of my family members for the first time.

I’ve been using Scrivener and adding my work to my Fastpencil writing tool, and have found that this works well. I enjoy my time at my favorite cafe when I can write with no distractions. I usually sit at the same table – it’s usually not occupied – and there are other regulars who do the same. Last Sunday I had tears in my eyes after writing two chapters and had an ‘aha’ moment. No one seemed to mind.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

If you’d like to review my novel in its early stages and collaborate on Fastpencil, please click on this link: http://www.fastpencil.com/account/new?ref=mariamangos-fp

Later on in the month, The Frankfurt Writer’s Group  will be reviewing one of my chapters. Wish me luck!

Introducing Amazing Free Audios By Malena of Poems That Dance!

Here’s a Glimpse of the
FREE AUDIO
The Password is the last word on the last page of the book.
LOOK HERE 

The poems by Maria Grujicic, also known as Malena, are beautiful and tell a story. Listen to them from start to finish as you watch and listen to the cool, relaxing video of Tribal Fusion Dance!

INTRODUCTION


ABOUT THE BOOK

Thank you for listening,
Maria Grujicic (Malena)

A Petal, Malena

 

 To find out why and how I named the books Poems That Dance, The Thorn And The Petal, and A Gentle Fire, Follow: www.prefacme.com

Inspiring Songs, Inspiring Play!

I was looking through my book Spring And Sing today
and with nothing much to do,
with the weather so sombre and grey,
I decided to play
And produce an audio
Of some of the songs.

Throughout the audio parts I explain how the songs can be used for games, and give you an idea of the tune. My voice isn’t perfect, I must say, but I do love to sing. A love of singing is important, I think, because children will instinctively enjoy the experience when you do. So be free, relax, and enjoy! Keep on dancing!


Poems That Dance

S P R I N G   A N D   S I N G ! 

 

Introduction  PLAY

I See Spring PLAY

I See Sun Inside PLAY

I See Me PLAY

Smiling Kisses PLAY

Shining Through The Window PLAY

Little Mirror PLAY

Caterpillar Caterpillar PLAY

Mala The Cat PLAY

I Went To Buy Some Fish One Day PLAY

Into The Forest PLAY

Rolling Rolling PLAY

Weather Songs PLAY

Days Of The Week PLAY 

The Weekend Hey! PLAY

How to Adapt The Songs PLAY

I Like To Wear Different Socks PLAY

Sleeping Early PLAY

Good Morning PLAY

Translation of Greetings PLAY

Beautiful Beautiful PLAY

The Number Of Children In The World PLAY

Making Friends Song And Game PLAY

Packing Up Making It Fun PLAY

Into The Pot Drama Play PLAY

I Like To Play PLAY

Sleeping Upside Down On My Bed PLAY

Hundertwasser Perfect For An Art Study PLAY

Spanish Dance Ole! A simple song and dance. PLAY

The Clapping Rhythm of The Guitar PLAY

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© Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com, from February 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Coincidence In Disguise

I woke up this morning with inspiration on my mind and I wrote this poem. Was it meant to be or was it a coincidence? Words played in my mind … they played about everything! Things in my life and the life belonging to others. And I liked it. It felt nice because I gained control of my dance, the rhythm and melody inside of me.. and I added the poem to the start of my book.

Good morning to everyone and wishing you kind inspiring thought with adoring wonderful words! 

It was by coincidence
It rained
I ran
Away
With my words
At play
Like swords
That sway
Deliberately
At play
Splashes play
In a disguised glass
Morning glory
Tell a story
Half filled- Half empty
A quarter of the way

By Maria Grujicic

© Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com, from February 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

A Beautiful Performance, A Beautiful Story

Museum Superfest And Boobamarra!
FRANKFURT, GERMANY 

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A Beautiful Dance Performance And A Beautiful Poem. An illustration of how a dance can touch a heart so deeply, one can not resist but to write! And take on the journey, a beautiful journey that one does not want to ever end,.. even when the end is in sight!

ENJOY And Keep on DANCING!

***

A Beautiful Story

I hope that by writing the story
will get me closer to the answer
but when I get too close
I worry
I don’t want the journey to end
The unanswered questions
are what keep me writing
And writing
They keep the beautiful images of life
In my head
It is like a favorite book
That I haven’t read
I have a few
That are floating in my head
Like emotions of an unborn baby
In the hands of the bearer
Like the innocent peaceful awe
of reality
is released
To discover and sense
And when I turn my head
I free the answer
And I walk and walk
Faster and faster
The other way

By Maria Grujicic

© Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com, from February 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Maria Grujicic and poemsthadance.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Poems That Dance Preview Of The Book

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 The magic of dance and poetry!

A Gentle Preface

I had a thought in my mind.
I was distracted for a glimpse of a time,
And then it was gone.
I hoped it would come back again
‘It will if it’s strong,’
I said to myself.
And what’s more,
I played with new, liberal ideas
Of What if
This sweet beautiful quote
That I immediately wrote
Has more value, perhaps
Than the original thought
That was so quick to depart,
And the loss, that left a gap in my heart,
It pursued me to write!

By Maria Grujicic

Poems That Dance was inspired by life, love and travel. The dance was the flow and spice added to the three elements that structure and stretch our lives. The soft rhythmic dance is a preparation for what’s to come and soothes the tones of the past. And a life lived for each tender moment of the present time.

Enjoy and feel free to share some of your dance.

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