10 Journal Prompts for Writers

Strengthen your writing voice with 10 Journal Prompts for Writers. … More 10 Journal Prompts for Writers

When Do I Need to Hire a Fiction Writing Coach?

The short answer is NOW! The long answer is NOW! A writing coach may seem expensive, but the experience will be less expensive than hiring an editor to fix it (and who won’t coach you along the way). You also may pay the price of not seeing your book get picked up by a publisher. … More When Do I Need to Hire a Fiction Writing Coach?

Do Not Besmirch Research

I’m currently doing research for three historical fiction projects. And all three will utilize different types of sources. I apologize that this post will mostly be lists and is a little dry. And it won’t even been an exhaustive list. But it will show how a zealous researcher needs to be creative, and the blog … More Do Not Besmirch Research

On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

Ever feel as if your writing is a waste of time? That the entire universe is laughing at your paltry literary efforts? That’s one of my biggest fears, and it’s founded on reality. I wrote three unsuccessful children’s book series for David C. Cook in the 1990s. And by “unsuccessful” I mean the amount of … More On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

WHERE DO WRITING IDEAS COME FROM? by Guest Blogger, Annette Whipple

Award-winning nonfiction author, Annette Whipple, discusses writing inspirtaiton. … More WHERE DO WRITING IDEAS COME FROM? by Guest Blogger, Annette Whipple

The First Page of Your Picture Book

A picture book is all about your Main Character (MC) and the problem he or she is trying to solve. As in all manuscripts, the first page of your picture book plays an important role. We’re going to talk about the text that will eventually become the first page of the published book. Because the … More The First Page of Your Picture Book

Choosing Your Mentor Text

As any brave explorer would do before embarking on a journey, it’s important for us as children’s writers to choose a reliable flashlight to help us find our way.For writers, our flashlight is a mentor text. What exactly is a mentor text, you may ask? In a nutshell, it’s a children’s book that you want … More Choosing Your Mentor Text

Handy Resources for the Serious Writer

A writer can never have enough craft books—true or false? True, of course! In that case, I have two for you. The first, Blueprint for a Book is written by Jennie Nash, and the second is The Conflict Thesaurus. Both stellar in helping you flesh out plot and characters. … More Handy Resources for the Serious Writer

Perceive the Trends in the YA Market: Part III by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson provides three more trends in writing for young adults. … More Perceive the Trends in the YA Market: Part III by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

Perceive the Trends in the Young Adult Market: Part II by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

In Part I of this series, we’ve explored two trends in writing YA: fantasy and retellings. This time, let’s examine trends that speak to important social and cultural topics. TREND 3: EMPHASIZE MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY Stories with characters from different cultures continue to be a big draw for tweens and teens. With our current national … More Perceive the Trends in the Young Adult Market: Part II by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson