Lee McAvoy

Children's Book Writer
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Inspiration for Writers

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Write with Empathy

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Just returned from the SCBWI conference in New York City, an amazing event with 1,150 attendees from 48 states and 19 countries. Many of the best authors, illustrators and editors spoke on panels and/or gave amazing critiques and presentations. I was most inspired by Gary Schmidt, author of many children's books, including one I just finsihed entitled Orbiting Jupiter, a middle grade novel about an abused boy with a kind heart who gets his girlfrie...

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Attend Readings and Author Events

Posted on February 6, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Last night I went to a reading of five women writers in my area, including Sonja Livingston, creative non-fiction author of Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall. This gave me the opportunity to sit and relax, let the words flow through me and remember why I write. I was moved and inspired by the readings as well as conversations with other attendees, whether old friends or new acquaintances. 

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Persevering as a Writer

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


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If you want to be a writer, or artist of any kind, without perseverence, it's extremely unlikely to happen. If perseverence is not easy for you, this blog will be helpful. If there is one thing I know and understand, it's perseverence. 

The one constant in my life has been my desire to write. As a child I loved to read. We didn't have much money but my grandmother bought me a G...

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