Actionable Information and Creative Inspiration for Writers and Illustrators. From Baby Books to YA Novels.
It’s important to pay attention and get inspiration from what’s happening around us. Observation and perception is what makes us writers. Here’s a creative writing exercise that honors International Women’s Day.
Every month, I read a storybook to kids at the library. This February, I found myself choosing to read a self published book instead of one by Mac Barnett. Here’s the story of how a story with baby turtles won me over – and everyone else.
Every February, I make a list of the top storybooks for that year. My local library orders these books for the children’s department. Here’s the 2017 list.
It’s finally possible to easily produce your own board book without having to place a minimum order of 5000. In fact, you can even do just one: the first board book POD is here.
Sometimes the best inspiration comes from breaking some rules. In this really fun writing exercise, you’ll find how cliches can improve your writing.
If you want to formally introduce yourself to an agent or editor, you need to know what they actually want from our query letters. Here are the 7 things to definitely do (and a few to never do).
When we talk about indirect characterization, we’re mostly talking about how to show character through action. This is better than bigger explosions.
Not just one kind of surprise. Be sure you know what you’re doing with your story and why. Here are the 10 types of plot twists you can use.
Don’t sabotage your writing career. Find out how to find your readers and turn your writing thing-that-you-do into a successful business.
Character physicality is one of the key ways we build our characters. Done right, it’s how we make characters truly memorable. Here’s how.
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