Actionable Information and Creative Inspiration for Writers and Illustrators. From Baby Books to YA Novels.
An inciting incident is the single plot point that launches a protagonist out of their status quo and into the adventure they’re about to undertake. Absolutely every story must have one of these.
The eucatastrophe is perhaps one of the most elusive narrative techniques, often confused with three other completely different writing devices. Here’s what you need to know.
This is what happened to me this morning, a happy accident that made me smile because it’s proof that story and real life merge – they really do. About the strange-and-wonderful sensation of seeing a whimsical storybook come to life right in front of your eyes.
Find out how to write a great ending to your story. This isn’t just about plot, it’s about feelings. What we feel is quite different from what the hero feels.
MG Novelist Shelley Tougas shares with us her sources for help and her greatest sources of inspiration for her new novel, Finders Keepers. Find out about this very skilled author and get her books!
Words like “platform” and “author branding” get a lot of buzz. Find out what your author website should really DO for you and – HOW it’s done. (And when!)
Non-fiction illustrator Konrad Algermissen talks about his experience and observation of the book industry. Find out why he attends the Frankfurt Buchmesse every year – for ten years running!
Find out how to use a great narrative technique called Chekhov’s Gun to help build your story plot points and give readers a deeper sense of who your characters really are. It’s about crafting details that matter.
What books have I asked the local library to order for my monthly reading and crafts event? Here’s my list of top storybook picks for 2016.
I love old words. Leitwortstil is a narrative technique you’ve probably never heard of – even if you’ve actually used it! Find out here what it is and why kids, parents and teachers really love it.
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