Stories Grow from Key Elements by Guest Blogger, Dawn Stephens

Stories grow from key elements: Setting, character, inciting incident, rising action, climax, surprise, conclusion. … More Stories Grow from Key Elements by Guest Blogger, Dawn Stephens

Can Anyone Be a Published Author?

Can anyone be a published author? The short answer: YES!!!! I’m a published author and I started out knowing nothing about this career. Zip. Nada.

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

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

Writing Devotions: It’s More Than Just a Message

Writing devotions for children has an exciting caveat: we get to write lots of fun stuff to go along with the key message as well.

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

5 Tips for Overcoming Writing Critique Group Jitters

Does the idea of attending a writing critique group make you nervous? You’re not alone! Check out a few tips for calming those critique jitters. … More 5 Tips for Overcoming Writing Critique Group Jitters

How Save the Cat Saved My Novel by Marianne Hering

Save the Cat Saves Your Novel–in more than one way! … More How Save the Cat Saved My Novel by Marianne Hering

Get to Know Our New Team Member: Nancy I. Sanders

Meet our new planning team member, Nancy I. Sanders … More Get to Know Our New Team Member: Nancy I. Sanders