Amazing Hack for Writing the Setting of a Story

There’s no way around it. Writing a children’s novel takes time. I know writer friends and writing challenges that boast they can whip out a picture book in one day. Not so with a children’s novel. The setting of the story. The plot. The characters. The shortest time frame most people can claim for writing … More Amazing Hack for Writing the Setting of a Story

5 Poetry Writing Tips for Children’s Authors

How can poetry writing tips improve your children’s books? Join Karley Conklin for 5 ways poetry can strengthen your fiction writing. … More 5 Poetry Writing Tips for Children’s Authors

Handling God’s Word with Your Words  – Part 1

Do you communicate a biblical worldview when you write? This is not hte same as being preachy! … More Handling God’s Word with Your Words  – Part 1

THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE

As children’s writers, we all know the importance of choosing the right word to use. Shakespeare has a famous quote “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” That philosophy might work in Romeo and Juliet’s situation but not for ours. In a nonfiction book … More THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE

First Graders Show How To Weave It All Together

The skill of sighting helps weave all drawing skills together to make a unified whole. … More First Graders Show How To Weave It All Together

Tracking Research the Old Fashioned Way

I love using my computer for my research. With a click of a mouse, ancient tomes and primary sources open before my eyes. And a working outline is a breeze. Copy. Paste. Search. Find. For one of my nonfiction projects my outline is over 200 pages long and still growing.

Exploring Spaces to Gain New Perspectives for Your Writing

Noticing spaces gives us new perspectives for our writing … More Exploring Spaces to Gain New Perspectives for Your Writing

Slow Down and Discover Rich Details

Contour drawing slows us down and frees us up to explore details that breathe life into our story’s characters and settings. … More Slow Down and Discover Rich Details

Drawing to Discover the Extraordinary

Let drawing help you look more carefully and discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, … More Drawing to Discover the Extraordinary