The Key to REAL Writing Success

by Ava Pennington

We all want to be successful writers. But how do we define success? A recent search for the word “success” in the Amazon books category yielded 266,470 results. At the click of a button, more than a quarter of a million books available today on how to become successful! Let’s face it. No one wakes […]

A Case of Grace at W2I!

Kristi Butler and Samantha S. Bell collaborate on Groundhog Day in Amazing Grace Acres

Author Kristi M. Butler shares how her new books about Groundhog Day and groundhogs emerged from attendance at Write2Ignite Conference, a vacation cabin, and meeting illustrator Samantha S. Bell. Write2Ignite is one of my “happy places”! Perusing the website and blog brings back sweet memories and never fails to bring a smile to my face. […]

Writing in a Wonder-Full World

Guest post by Karley Conklin

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.”—G. K. Chesterton When you see a mushroom in your yard, do you dismiss it? Or do you tap it with a stick to see it bounce? Do you think of fairies and smile? And when you see the little snail […]

Showing Christmas Using the Five Senses

by Ava Pennington

Show don’t tell. We hear it all the time. Don’t tell the reader, show the reader. Draw readers into your story. Make it easy for them to feel as if they are in the middle of whatever you’re writing. Prompted by a recent series of blog posts on the Hartline Literary Agency website,  I’ve been […]

Author Interviews III: Sandy Carlson’s first self-publishing experience

Author Sandy Carlson was born in Michigan, lived in six other states, and now resides in Michigan again. A former elementary teacher, Carlson is a blogger and a long-time member of SCBWI. She is published in magazines, e-zines, newspapers, and anthologies, in addition to being the author of historical fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction books. Today, […]

Author Interviews: Gail Cartee Shares Self-Publishing Experiences

W2I series on self-publishing, by Deborah DeCiantis

More writers are choosing self-publishing to deliver their books, whether print or digital, to readers. Write2Ignite is reaching out to several authors to ask about their decisions, experiences, and tips for those considering self-publishing for their projects. Today’s author, W2I Team Member Gail Cartee, shares insights and experiences about self-publishing her book Tsali: Legendary Hero […]

First Steps: John Bunyan’s Model in Pilgrim’s Progress

Second in the W2I 2018 theme series

by Deborah DeCiantis “In media res”—starting “in the middle of things”—is the classic plot opening used in literature from ancient times to today. Bunyan uses both this method plus the biblical model, “in the beginning,” to introduce his protagonist, Christian. Structured as a frame story, the narrative begins with an unnamed narrator walking “through the […]