Archive for the ‘The Writing Process’ Category

DOES YOUR PICTURE BOOK PREMISE HAVE POWER?

Every once in a while, one of my editors throws me a bone. Not just any old bone, but a big beautiful “our kids’ list needs a book about ‘community’” hambone. When that happens, all other Milk-Bones – I mean, … Continue reading

 

WriteOnCon Starts Today! It’s FREE!

WriteOnCon begins today. If you’re a kidlit writer, editors, agents, and authors are lined up to help YOU! From the WriteOnCon website: WriteOnCon is a FREE Online Children’s Writers Conference (rated MC-18, for Main Characters under 18 only) created by … Continue reading

 

How to Love a Squash: Pat Zietlow Miller on Finding the Universal Truth in a Picture Book

Think about your favorite picture books. Lyrical text. Gorgeous or whimsical art. Endings that make you smile, sigh or shriek with delight. And something else – satisfaction. A satisfaction that makes you want to read them again and again and … Continue reading

 

Ah, Those Secondary Characters

Your story sings when your secondary character (SC) is on the scene. Your plot comes alive when your SC is around.Your readers beg to see more of your SC. Uh oh! SCs create conflict, throw out obstacles and cause trouble. … Continue reading

 

Why Novels Matter

“Novels offer us not just a map of the human mind but a way to understand how the individual human mind interacts with the world outside.” For your Friday enjoyment and thought. How has technology changed plot and theme? How … Continue reading

 
 
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