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.

Motivating Metaphors

When you sit down to write, what metaphor do you visualize? In my earliest years as a writer, I attended a writing conference. One of the speakers shared a metaphor that hit me hard. “There is nothing to writing,” he said. “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Often attributed to … More Motivating Metaphors

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.

Interview with Editor Hope Bolinger, End Game Press

MEET HOPE BOLINGER! More than 1200 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to 

Which Came First…the Chicken or the Egg?

If you’re in the children’s book industry long enough, you’ll find out there are two schools of thought. Some editors, authors, and agents believe the chicken came first. Others argue it was the egg.

The Right Amount to Write

All around the internet, at writer’s conferences, and in any gathering of literary minded folks, you’ll find writers of all genre and for all ages asking this question: “Is it important to write every day?” As this year comes to a close and a new year is dawning on our horizon, this is also a … More The Right Amount to Write

Did you Know? November is Picture Book Month!

Celebrate National Picture Book Month … More Did you Know? November is Picture Book Month!

WHO I am Thankful For

Of course, the Person I am thankful first for is our Lord Jesus Christ–our Prophet, Priest, and King! Second, I’m thankful for my family, friends, and the wonderful fellowship of believers I am a part of every Lord’s Day. Third, I’m thankful for the team of Write2Ignite bloggers who dependably bring you great content every … More WHO I am Thankful For

The First Page of Your Picture Book

A picture book is all about your Main Character (MC) and the problem he or she is trying to solve. As in all manuscripts, the first page of your picture book plays an important role. We’re going to talk about the text that will eventually become the first page of the published book. Because the … More The First Page of Your Picture Book

Choosing Your Mentor Text

As any brave explorer would do before embarking on a journey, it’s important for us as children’s writers to choose a reliable flashlight to help us find our way.For writers, our flashlight is a mentor text. What exactly is a mentor text, you may ask? In a nutshell, it’s a children’s book that you want … More Choosing Your Mentor Text