Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Writing Cross-Culturally

Ten great resources for understanding how to include diversity in your writing.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Conference Dos and Don'ts

Get the most out of your conference attendance by following a few simple "rules."

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thought Verbs

Show your story instead of telling via what your character thinks, wonders, believes, understands, etc. something.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Starting Your Novel

Find the place that feels right and start your novel there.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Characters with Disabilities

How should you portray characters with disease or disability?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Color Thesaurus

What a great idea--color names to enliven your writing, displayed atop a swatch of the color.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Overused Words

Here are some great suggestions for words you can cut from you manuscript.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

First Drafts

It's not just you. Nobody writes good first drafts.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Is it MG or YA?

What determines if it's middle-grade or young adult--the age of the protagonist? the themes? the word choices? something else?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Make sure your book ends as strongly as it begins.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Trailers

Eleven tips for making the most out of a book trailer.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New MG/YA Agent

New agent, Laura Zats of Red Sofa Literary is open to queries for MG and YA novels.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Writing Race

Ten questions to ask yourself when writing cross-culturally.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Protecting Your Ideas

Even if another book comes out based on a similar idea to yours, it's all about the execution of that writing.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Positive Traits

Use your characters' morals and basic needs to showcase their positive traits.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Interiority vs. Telling

How can you show your character's interior thoughts without lapsing into the dreaded "telling?"

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Don't Quit Writing

Here are a few tips to help keep you on your writer's journey.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Skype Visits

A school librarian shares why Skype visits work for her and her students.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Writing a Series

If you're planning a series, it's a good idea to plan out the broader strokes.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rewriting History

Ten rules of thumb for writing historical fiction.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Large Revisions

Organize before you revise to help avoid being totally overwhelmed.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Inciting Incident

What is the even that really starts your story?

Sunday, February 2, 2014


How to change scenes without resorted to the hackneyed, "meanwhile, back at the ranch."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

World Building Tips

Even if you're writing realistic fiction, you still need to build the landscape of your story.