Reading With My Mom by Emily Babbitt

I’ve been working from home for 21 weeks. This prolonged period of isolation has given me time to reflect on happier times in life: adventures and excitement in college, friendships forged in high school, and time spent reading with my mom as a child. Those were the good days — Mom reading to me and…

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…

12 Questions – Are You Ready for an Agent?

This information is for writers of fiction seeking an agent. If you hope to have your book published by a traditional publishing house (Christian or general market) you will very possibly need an agent. Have you been thinking about searching for one? The task is daunting. Before you begin you need to figure out whether…

Picture-Driven Stories: Learning to Think in Pictures

Learning to Think In Pictures

"A picture book illustrator needs to tell a story with pictures. A picture book author needs to show the same story with words." -Jean Matthew Hall  When I attended last year's Write2Ignite conference, I went to Jean Matthew Hall's discussion, What is a Picture Book. One of her main points was that a true picture book tells the…

The Blessings of Fall

Jean Matthew Hall founded Write2Ignite in 2008. For ten years she and I have encouraged one another in our writing and publishing pursuits. I was delighted when she received a contract for four picture books with Little Lamb Books; one for each season. The first  one, God's Blessings of Fall in the Bountiful Blessings Series just came…

Write 2 Ignite 2019 Wrap Up

We prepare, plan, and pray for a year and then quickly the conference is over! As a team, we are thankful for each attendee and presenter and are already looking forward to the 2020 conference on September 18-19. SAVE THE DATE! More details to follow. If you weren't able to attend, here are some snippets…

Faculty Focus

Jean Hall is very excited about her debut picture book. We're excited for her since she's a Write2Ignite success story! We'll feature a blog post about The Blessings of Fall in the fall along with a GIVEAWAY!     She's also thrilled to be teaching about picture books at the 2019 conference. Watch her video here. If…

Decisions, Decisions

Here's a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We'll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/   Kim Peterson - Deepen Your Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels In this hands-on workshop, explore how to make…

Finally Friday AND TWO GIVEAWAYS!

Here's a sneak peek at conference presenters with descriptions in their own words. We'll be posting a teaser page each  Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Visit: https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/ Tony Snipes - 5 MORE Things I Learned in Corporate America   What do you and CBS have in common? You…

Let’s Get the Juices Flowing!

  Here's a sneak peek at the Conference sessions, described by the presenters themselves. Watch for new "teaser" posts each Monday. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. See:  https://write2ignite.com/registration-2019/                                          …