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? The short answer: YES!!!! I’m a published author and I started out knowing nothing about this career. Zip. Nada.
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
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
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 for children has an exciting caveat: we get to write lots of fun stuff to go along with the key message as well.
Award-winning nonfiction author, Annette Whipple, discusses writing inspirtaiton. … More WHERE DO WRITING IDEAS COME FROM? by Guest Blogger, Annette Whipple
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
Save the Cat Saves Your Novel–in more than one way! … More How Save the Cat Saved My Novel by Marianne Hering
Meet our new planning team member, Nancy I. Sanders … More Get to Know Our New Team Member: Nancy I. Sanders