I just got back from the 2018 SCBWI Carolinas Conference, where I gave a talk on lyrical writing. It was my first time speaking at an SCBWI event. Yea! Of course, I over-prepared. For the past two months, I have immersed myself in dazzling picture books that filled my heart with rich loveliness. And since my heart is still bursting, I want to share a bit of what I learned with you.
10/1/2018 10:38:31 pm
Beautiful choices. Thank you for sharing!
10/1/2018 10:42:42 pm
This post is filled with great information Megan. And I love your examples. Thanks for the handouts too!
10/1/2018 11:09:24 pm
Great post and great mentor texts! I would LOVE additional lyrical writing goodies. Please count me in!
10/1/2018 11:18:23 pm
I love Uncorker of ocean bottles! Please send me more info on writing lyrically.
10/1/2018 11:25:43 pm
I need your email addresses! And please share my post -- I really want to help other writers untangle this process, too!
10/2/2018 08:35:31 am
Never mind! I found them -- weebly was just being wonky. :)
10/2/2018 12:10:49 am
Thanks for sharing, Megan! Beautiful examples!
10/2/2018 06:37:52 am
Congratulations on your first SCBWI presentation! I'd love to see your powerpoint presentation. I recently did my first book review for the EBYR reviewers program.
10/2/2018 09:10:38 am
Excellent examples of beautiful lyrical language. Thanks for the handouts, and now I'm really looking forward to the "extras" too!
10/2/2018 09:32:15 am
What beautiful examples of lyrical language. Truly inspirational! Thank you for sharing.
10/2/2018 09:37:33 am
This post touched my heart! I'm printing it out to take to the library/bookstore, where I will indulge in a world of lyricism. :)
10/2/2018 10:26:33 am
Thanks for the beautiful examples and information on lyrical writing. It's something that I'd love to try!
10/2/2018 10:38:51 am
What an invaluable resource. Thank you for sharing your attachments as well. Wish I could have seen your keynote in person!
10/2/2018 11:01:14 am
Appreciate the examples! Would love more information on the keynote. Thanks!
10/2/2018 12:34:25 pm
This is great, Megan! I’d love a copy of the keynote! I consider myself a lyrical writer, and I’m always eager to learn more!
10/2/2018 05:09:55 pm
Megan, this is wonderful. I am always eager to learn more about lyrical writing. Thank you for sharing this information!
10/2/2018 06:33:19 pm
So helpful! I’m in love with lyrical picture books...
Jill M Proctor
10/2/2018 06:57:49 pm
Megan, this is such wonderful information. I'm presently writing a lyrical manuscript, and your words are so helpful! Congratulations on presenting. And thank you for the handouts! I'd love to receive more lyrical goodies.
10/2/2018 08:37:42 pm
What great choices and so well put together. Must've been an awesome presentation.
10/2/2018 09:36:42 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this presentation. I love your examples.
10/3/2018 01:57:09 am
Yes! Such delights!
10/3/2018 06:56:17 am
Thank you for sharing this wonderful list of lyrical picture books!
10/3/2018 11:24:02 am
Loved this post Megan!! Shared!
10/3/2018 11:39:24 am
Lovely! I am trying to write more lyrically, so this was so timely!
10/3/2018 04:49:41 pm
I love this - this is how I wish to write. Thank you. I have shared with my friends:) ShirinShamsi@gmail.com
10/3/2018 05:32:52 pm
Thank you so much for your generous gift Megan. It is deeply insightful. It makes me feel like tossing everything I’ve written in the bin. 😊 But, I will calm myself, and glean the best, before tossing the rest. Greatly appreciated. ❤️
10/4/2018 05:25:50 am
Don't ever toss anything! It's a continuum -- even if you think something is total garbage, like I do sometimes, you can compare later work to it and get the satisfaction of seeing how much you've grown! Or maybe you'll look back at it and say, wow, that wasn't as bad as I thought! I'm gonna revise it and turn it into something beautiful! :)
10/3/2018 08:30:46 pm
10/3/2018 09:38:26 pm
Wonderful post--I'm bookmarking it to return and study your great examples!
10/4/2018 09:19:07 am
Thank you so much for this post Megan! I am struggling with revising a pb in verse and I find this inspiring and clarifying! Eagerly awaiting your future posts on the subject! Thanks for including titles to check out!
10/4/2018 11:31:52 am
Great article, Megan. Would have liked to hear you in person. How did you feel about speaking, other than your mention of having prepared too much?
10/4/2018 12:39:07 pm
Yes! Cuevas's metaphors (including those in her longer works) are so fresh. She's amazing! And Snyder's voice in Swan, the "oh oh!" is where you are in Anna's head, the little girl's wonder. It's masterful. So many great books. Would love to have been at your talk. Thanks for sharing this.
10/4/2018 03:16:59 pm
Our critique group has focused on PBs recently. This handouts are perfect for our exploration. Thanks from all of us.
10/4/2018 04:28:05 pm
I adore lyrical writing. I don't see a link on your site to share to FB (which I can do from my phone). I can't, however, access Twitter from my phone so will have to wait to share when I'm on my PC.
10/4/2018 08:19:33 pm
So helpful, thank you! I can't wait to use this as I revise my current PB project!
10/4/2018 09:43:05 pm
Reading this made my heart swell- thank you for compiling and sharing!
10/4/2018 09:48:06 pm
I will definitely add these to the mentor text for my students. Lyrical is where I live. Excellent choices. Thanks for sharing.
10/5/2018 03:46:43 am
Thank you for some hints from your talk- what perfect examples! Shared on Twitter, @LisaSBilla
10/5/2018 03:25:59 pm
Thank you, Megan for your blog post. I really enjoyed it. I want to go look up the books you shared. I shared your article on my instagram @rw_edwards
10/5/2018 07:29:59 pm
Great points, great examples--loved this!
10/6/2018 11:16:03 pm
What lovely examples. Reading them caused me to slow down, to pause and reflect. So much can be created with a sprinkling of words.
10/7/2018 06:36:41 pm
Wish I was there to see your presentation. Thank you for sharing and I talked briefly with you on the 12 X 12 webinar and you said you'll share the with me. Lyrical is where I wanna be. I'm sharing this on twitter. Thank you.
10/10/2018 02:12:15 pm
Your post was so interesting to me. I can recall that, as a small child, it was lines like these that caught my attention and first sparked my love of the written word! Your insights and comments are valuable to me, and I appreciate being able to apply your observations to my own writing. Thank you for this beautiful post.
11/6/2018 11:46:21 am
Megan, this is such a fabulous post. I love all of the examples of lyrical writing. Thank you so much for sharing!
2/25/2020 01:47:38 pm
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the fruition of your explorations/study/expertise on this subject. Your identifying all these different aspects of lyrical writing is so helpful! Have tweeted this post.
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When Megan Hoyt first stepped into a tiny library in East Dallas and checked out The Fairy Doll, time stood still for one brief moment. A book! A lovely, magical book about a little girl, overshadowed and overlooked, the youngest of four, just like me! she thought. Rumer Godden gave way to Madeleine L’Engle and Frances Hodson Burnett. Soon, a sturdy, low-hanging backyard branch became a thoughtful spot where some rather large ideas began to take shape. If reading James Barrie can make a girl flap her arms and jump off a garden wall fully expecting to fly, books truly do pulse with life.