children’s writing Category

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words cauldron, howl and shiver.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries. The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest […]

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Rhythm and Rhyme

I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse. Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away. Jean Marzollo,  Author of more than 150 books.  Among these books a series which […]

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words).  You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow.  Here is my entry below: The Candy Corn Monster […]

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Start A Story

Where do you get inspiration from? How do you start a story? I find my creative juices flow with a great opening line. Below are some opening lines I have thought of. Let’s hide it in here, no one has been in here for eight years. Brandon Schmidt wanted to be popular in the worst way. […]

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My Writing Journey – A Hobby, A Passion, A New Career

A good friend recently told me not to dwell on yet another rejection of my current manuscript.  She said “It is only a hobby. Not your career.” If I would have kept a journal of my writing path, it would read something like this: I am invited to a creative writing class by a close […]

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Inciting Incident

Inciting incident is the spring board that drives the story forward – causes your protagonist to act. This week in my writing critique group we had a great discussion about inciting incidents, where they should occur in the story and can you have more than one. Below is a great article I found regarding inciting […]

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Narrative Exposition

This is one area as a writer I am always working on perfecting. Here are a few ways I found to introduce important background information/world-build my stories through: Dialogue Character thoughts Background details Information dump For myself, as a children’s writer, the first two seem to work the best along with sounds and scenery description. […]

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How to Create Your Own Children’s Writing Niche – One Simple Technique

In my never-ending search for writing tips, lessons, and ideas, I came across the below website that recently sent me this interesting article. I have posted the link below. Thank you Children’s Book Insider for sparking my imagination. How to Create Your Own Children’s Writing Niche — With One Simple Technique (via http://writeforkids.org) I was […]

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Writing is a trip to the amusement park

When I think of writing, this metaphor comes to mind. Writing is a trip to the amusement park. On sunny days, ideas flow through your mind like people at a crowded park. When it is rainy, ideas like rides shut down. The process of writing and a roller coaster are filled with exhilarating moments, steep […]

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Active not Reactive Characters

I was thinking about how to make my characters active not reactive when I came across this wonderful blog. It is from The Editor’s Blog.  See link below for the full article. Make fictional characters suffer by pushing them beyond what they thought they could take. Give them challenges and then have them overcome those […]

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