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Essential Writing

If you want to start a story but aren’t sure how, where – or even whether to start – this is your resource. Find out what you need to know about the craft and the industry to get started on the right foot.

10 Must-Haves for a Solid Illustrated Storybook

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series How to Start

Without structure a storybook falls apart, or lets us down in some way, lacking the kind of Good Stuff we find in our favorite storybooks. Here’s a list of 10 things every illustrated storybook should have no matter what – so that your book can be a favorite.

How to Write First Person Narrative

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Narrative

Your narrator is arguably the most important character you create, because they are how we get the story. Find out the fine details of crafting a first-person narrator and how to write a first person narrative that knocks the socks off your readers!

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How to Write a Chapter Book

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Format Essentials

Crafting a chapter book is harder than you might expect. Get the low-down on structure, language and pacing for a traditional chapter book and learn what it really takes to do it right.

WTHeck is a Chain Story?

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Story Types

A chain story is my personal favorite type of predictable story structure. Here’s what it is, with some great examples.

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