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

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 Young Adult Market: Part 1 by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson shares two trends in writing for young adults. … More Perceive the Trends in the Young Adult Market: Part 1 by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson