A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building
With Jessica Page Morrell's Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you'll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists.
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell.
If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
How can you find and write convincingly about ideas that teenagers will enjoy? Find out from award-winning YA novelist K.L. Going how to succeed at writing for this burgeoning genre.
What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.
PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions.
5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction
Fairies, witches and genies-sounds like the makings of a child''s fairy tale, right? But what about a boy-crazy fairy who smokes? Or a witch who is a member of a Jane Mansfield cult? Or a genie who grants a wish so a teenage girl can live with her gay best friend...
Caldecott-winner Peggy Rathmann shares the process she went through to create her book Ten Minutes Till Bedtime, from the spark of an idea through countless revisions to the finished product.
Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, proves once again that fairy tales and fables aren't just a thing of the past.
If you're new to the world of children's publishing, you might now know where to begin. Here is a list of suggestions and resources that can help make your journey to publication a smooth and swift one.
Special thanks to Alice Pope, editor of 2008 Children''s Writer''s & Illustrator''s Market, for help with compiling this list. October 2007
Thinking Like a Kid
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott award-winning Snowflake Bentley, has written more than a dozen children''s books, many of which celebrate the natural world. Here she talks about how her research on historical figures, nature, and snowflake photographer Wilson Bentley spark pictured books that are part story, part fact.
This debut YA author contemplates her so-called "lucky break."
Excerpted from The Children's Writer's Reference, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben talk about the most important ingredient in a book plot.
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
by Jerry B. Jenkins
Author Robie Harris'' books It''s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health and It''s So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families focus on sexual health for kids. Here, Harris talks about the process of doing extensive research as she prepared her manuscripts.
If you are interested in writing stories for very small children, here are five tips that can help get you started.
Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey provide several idea generators to help you get inside the mind of your younger characters. Here are five sense activities to help you recall the vivid experiences and emotions of childhood.
J.K Rowling discusses her influences, secrets about Harry Potter, and how she makes writing a priority.
Picture Book WritingMake Every Word Sing
Here are idea exercises you can use to help you get started.