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That Dreadful, Dreaded Blank Page

Have you ever faced a blank page and wondered what to do? This unnerving experience can happen at the start of a new project or in the middle of a work-in-progress. You ask yourself, now what? Where do I go from here? No matter what you do you just can’t seem to[…]

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Pick Your Words Carefully and Make Them Count

In WRITE A MARKETABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK IN 7 WEEKS, we advise writers to replace utility words with more concrete language that appeals to one of the five senses. What is a utility word? These are words we use a lot—wonderful, beautiful, good, bad, great, fine, and things. Unfortunately, they don’t[…]

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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[…]

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Weaving in Historical or Factual Data

Last week I wrote about the writing sin of “info dumping.” An editor told me that writers commit it when they force historical or factual data into a scene in a way that doesn’t advance the plot. The same editor complimented some other scenes in the manuscript she critiqued for[…]

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How to Write a Synopsis

Worried about trying to write a synopsis of your middle grade or young adult novel? The most important thing to remember about a synopsis is— It should not be a summary of the whole novel. A synopsis should be a summary of your main character’s story and how he or[…]

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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.[…]

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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[…]

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How to Write Fast Right

Since November means NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month, we thought we’d offer some tips on how to write fast productively. 1. Start with a basic outline. Outlining in longhand is faster and makes it less tempting to keep revsing your outline. Or make a plot grid, one square per chapter. Our workbook, Write[…]

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