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Shirley Raye Redmond

What C.S. Lewis’s Secretary Learned

It’s important that beginning writers conquer isolationism. If you don’t, it will lead to feelings of restlessness, futility and self-defeat. Find a writing buddy. Join a critique group or take a weekly writing course—anything that will keep you in social circulation. You’ll find a new sense of purpose, revitalized vigor and new sources of inspiration […]

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Stretch Yourself – Literally

When you spend as much time writing as Jennifer and I do, the task can become a pain in the neck—literally. Have you ever had writer’s cramp? Do you have trouble sleeping because of the tingling numbness in your hands and fingers? Having difficulty getting a grip on your mouse, your pen or stapler? Are […]

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Avoid Small-Minded People

As the author of two dozen children’s books and four romance novels, I am often asked to speak in classrooms, libraries, and at writing conferences. I am still slightly disconcerted whenever I overhear a child whisper, “She doesn’t look like a writer, does she?” And it’s not just children who have these odd, preconceived notions […]

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Make Your Manuscript Grammar Perfect

On page 75 of our workbook, Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks, we mention the importance of checking one’s manuscript for spelling and grammar errors. As competitive as the writing world is, one can’t afford to be careless with one’s writing, particularly when submitting a manuscript to an editor. I’ve heard editors state that […]

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Now Read This–Aloud

One of the things children’s book authors get asked to do quite frequently is to come to story hour at the library or to visit school classrooms. When doing so, many are usually asked to read their books aloud or portions of their books. If you’ve ever listened to an audio book, you know there’s […]

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Can’t Get ‘Em Out of My MInd

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one of the first novels that made a lasting impression on me. I read it when I was a fifth grader and thought the story of those four loveable sisters, living in genteel poverty during the American Civil War, was a great story. Their bittersweet experiences growing up, […]

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C.S. Lewis—A Commitment to Craft

November is definitely C.S. Lewis’s month. He was born on November 29, 1898 and died on November 22, 1963. In fact, he died in England on the exact same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. This year is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death and Lewis’s as well. His Chronicles of […]

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