Episode 121 – T.E. Watson has written more the 142 books in a variety of genres from children’s books to chapter books, going west stories, poems, fairy tales, murder mysteries, and more.
- T.E. Watson has been writing for more than 43 years with 142 books to his credit. He writes to entertain and to help those who want to write. His genres include a variety from children’s books to chapter books, travel stories, going west stories, poems, fairy tales, murder mysteries, and more. He believes that writer’s block does not exist. He has a vivid imagination and lots of ideas and shares the story that gave him the idea for The Monster in the Mailbox. We talk about his writing process, getting and recording ideas, and much more. T.E. shares how he makes audio books out of his picture books and uses sound effects to enhance the listening experience. His love of children shines as he talks about doing school visits where he gets kids to love reading.
- Children’s books, chapter books, fairy tales, poems, nonfiction, murder mysteries (coming soon), and more.
- The Monster in the Mailbox
- The Man Who Spoke With Cats
- Glen Robbie
- Light and Stone: Essays on Writing and the Realities of Publishing
- Plus more boos at T.E., Amazon Author’s page.
- I believe that writer’s block does not exist. I’m always percolating on three or four different ideas at the same time. When I’m done with one writing project for the day, if the flow is still within me and the words are still coming out, I’ll work on another project.
On Yellow Pads
- If you’re going to write, I believe you should have a yellow pad in your office, in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, in your car, all over to catch your ideas.
The Hardest Part of Writing a Children’s Book
- Being patient! I’m a notoriously impatient person. I want to see everything now. I know better and that the process takes longer than I want. That’s the hardest part. Writing was never meant to be a fast process.
On Trusting Ourselves as Writers
- We have to trust ourselves and have enough confidence in ourselves as writers to understand that we know what we are doing. We have to be patient with ourselves and not be in a rush otherwise we end up writing garbage.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My biggest challenge is editors who want to change my voice.
Tips on Writing for Children
- Figure out why you want to do it. Think about what it is you want to write. Read children’s books all the time. When you are starting out, question everything.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- Write what you know and you’ll always succeed.
On Writing for Children
- Being an author of any genre is a powerful thing, but being an author that shares those powers with young people goes far beyond anything they could do.
How To Find Me
From My Perspective
- In the episode’s From My Perspective segment I share the audio sample from T.E.’s audiobook The Monster in the Mailbox and ask whether you can do this with your books.
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