15 Tips for Writing Believable Kids’ Dialogue

Writing believable kids’ dialogue isn’t as easy as it sounds. After all, we’re adults trying to remember exactly what it was like to be a child of a particular age.  So here are some tips to keep in mind as you write realistic dialogue for children.  Eavesdrop. Listen to how kids talk and think. What […]


Find a Niche in Self-Publishing: Interview with Author Jan May

by Sally Matheny Is the traditional publishing route taking longer than you expected? Perhaps it’s time to find a niche in self  publishing. That’s what author, Jan May did. Jan is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has a background in Biblical Studies and  Christian Education from North Central University in Minnesota. A veteran […]


Double-Spacing My Life

As writers, we know we should always double-space our manuscripts. It gives our editors and critique groups room to jot down thoughts, corrections, or even rearrange paragraphs with big arrows. As a critiquer, I’m frustrated if I have to try to squish editing marks into single-spaced manuscripts. It just doesn’t work as well. Double-spacing our […]


Premise and Universal Theme – Part 3

By Jean Matthew Hall In my last blog post I discussed the importance of universal themes. (Click here.)         A theme gives my story a reason to exist and to go on existing. Otherwise, it is just a shiny bead that may be admired for a short time, then tossed aside for something shinier. But theme […]


Avoiding Burn Out

Writing requires discipline. You must sit your behind in the chair and write, even if you don’t feel like it. But you also need to create a schedule that doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. I am notorious for burning the candle at both ends. At some point I decided there was a better way to live. I […]


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