Friday, January 31, 2014

Writing Out of Sequence

There's no law that says you have to write your rough draft in order from the first word through to the last.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour Tips

Here are some tips to help you have a successful blog tour.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Writing Group Rules

Hints from members of a writing group that has been together for twenty years.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Creating Active Characters

What does your character want, what does she need to do to get it, and what stands in her way?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Opening Scenes

We need to care about your character in your book's opening.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fantasy Novels

Ignore the trends and don't write a "me too" novel.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Research Links

Links to government, university, library, and other sites for doing research.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Query Dos and Don'ts

Agent Rebecca Sherman tells what you should and shouldn't do when querying.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Worldbuilding in Science Fiction

How to create a universe for your story without using the dreaded infodump.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Revising on Spec

What to consider if an agent asks for revisions before offering representation.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Weaving a subplot into your novel will help bring out more facets of your characters.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rules for Writing YA

Teens despise fakes and won't read a young adult novel unless it feels real.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Midwest Book Review

A description of one journal's way of doing it, gives insight into the book review process.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Character Building

Use this online tool to see which archetype your character is.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

School and Library Visits

Get your understanding for the visit in writing using these forms as a template.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reader Age

Though this article was written about magazine articles, it's also applicable to books.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Researching Agents

The Literary Rambles blog keeps adding to its interviews of kidlit agents.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Suspending Disbelief

Make it so your readers can't help but be carried along by your story.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cross-Cultural Fantasy

It's important to be respectful of all cultures when you write fantasy.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Secondary Characters

Supporting characters tend to fall into certain archetypes.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Inspired Openings

The more you care about your character, the better you can make your opening.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Successful Dialogue

Tips from playwriting can help improve the dialogue in your manuscript.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bad Query Letters

If your query contains some of these, an agent might pass without even reading your manuscript.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


How do you write a realistic and gripping battle scene when writing for children?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Biographer's Challenge

In a biography, how do you make your character more than just his or her accomplishments?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mapping Your Story

This simple method will help you keep track of multiple storylines.

Character Chart

You can use this very detailed chart to learn more about your character.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014


Here are some hints to creating a good beginning for your stoyr.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Emailing Submissions

Formatting an email submission takes some work on your part.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Picture Book or Short Story

It's important to know if your manuscript will work as a picture book.