EQUAL by Joyce Moyer Hostetter: A BOOK REVIEW by Carol Baldwin

Last September, Joyce Hostetter was our first Master Class Teacher on writing Middle Grade books. It is my privilege to share her next book (unfortunately, the last in the Bakers Mountain Stories series), EQUAL with you. PROLOGUE When I went to the river that day in 1959 I didn't expect to meet a colored boy…

A Take on Making Short Videos- Part I by Guest Blogger, Hadassah Murdock

I have loved watching movie shorts since I was little but making one myself was harder than I expected. I quickly realized that I needed a grasp of basic storytelling, scriptwriting, filming, and editing in order to produce even a short, three-minute-long movie.   My first video short was made using an iPhone, LEGO  minifigures, and my…

Reflections on Writing Dialogue by Emily Babbitt

As I've transitioned from news writing to fiction writing over the past few years, I've learned that writing dialogue is much different than recording quotes. I can't tell you how many hours I spent transcribing interviews during my undergraduate degree in journalism. Every story I wrote for the school newspaper required at least two interviews,…

Why I’m excited for the Writing Fiction Master Class (and why you should be too)! by Jean Hall

Write2Ignite’s Writing Fiction Master Class is coming up Sept. 19! In just two weeks, author Joyce Moyer Hostetter will be presenting three sessions to help attendees learn more about fiction writing. Plus, the Write2Ignite team will be leading three workshops to help you apply the skills you learn during Hostetter’s sessions.  Last year, I had…

COMFORT: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover (and a Giveaway!)

Comfort, the third book in Joyce Moyer Hostetter’s Bakers Mountain series, picks up almost exactly where the previous novel, Blue, left off. Ann Fay Honeycutt narrates this novel as well. The polio epidemic and World War II have left her family shattered, and Ann Fay must pick up the pieces. The beginning is intriguing, but…

ON WRITING PLOT: What’s the Problem? by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

  One of the most boring books I ever read was about Jesus.  Okay – to be honest, I mostly said that to get your attention – please don’t get mad and click over to Facebook! But, the truth is, I never actually finished reading Joshua by Joseph Girzone because this modern-day portrayal of Jesus…

3 Tips from “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Karley Conklin

self-editing for fiction writers

"The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer."--Zadie Smith Write2Ignite's  2020 Master class with  Joyce Moyer Hostetter is only a month away. The Write2Ignite team has suggested checking out several chapters of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King as a way…

9 Tips for Writing Unforgettable Characters by Deborah DeCiantis

According to Elaine Marie Alphin (Creating Characters Kids Will Love p. 2) “Kids read because a magical closeness springs up between them and the characters in books and stories—the same magical closeness I felt as a child. They read because a writer has brought a character to life on the page for them.” Every great…

Why Should I Attend a Conference AGAIN?

Conference season will be kicking up again in the fall, including the Write2Ignite Master Class. And it’s not too early to start planning. Now, you may be thinking, I’ve been to a writer’s conference—maybe even several. So why should you attend yet another one – even an online one? Perhaps you’ve shared the following objections:…

How Dialogue Strengthens Your Manuscript

Writing dialogue is one of my favorite parts of the writing process. If done well, using dialogue can strengthen your manuscript and turn an average story into an engaging ride people will be talking about long after they read it. Here are 3 examples of how your story benefits from good dialogue.   Dialogue puts…

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