Friday, October 31, 2014


How to make your dialogue sound as kids would really say those words.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chapter Titles

Your chapter titles can do more than just announce the next pages of your book.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Authors and Editors

How the author and editor partnership makes for a great book.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Opening Chapter

Ten things your opening chapter should do.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Character Based Plotting

Do you need to fully know your character in order to plot your book?

Friday, October 24, 2014


There are many ways to incorporate symbolism into your story.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scene Breaks

Here are some things you need to think about when you transition to another scene.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Not all prologues are created equal.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shorter is Sweeter

When you write picture books, you need to pare the text to the bare minimum.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Writing Scams

Beware of scams perpetrated by authors and/or malicious others. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Children's Agent

Rachel Brooks from the L. Perkins Agency is looking for fun picture books in addition to novels.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Poetic Lines

How do you decide where to end each line in a poem.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grandparent Names

Lists of grandparent names, from the traditional to the trendy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First Drafts

You've finished your first draft. Now what?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Virtual Author Visits

What's the best way to give a presentation when you're not there in person?

Monday, October 13, 2014


How do you format email queries?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Author Events

How to book author events and what to do at them.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Picture Book Tips

Twenty do's and twenty don'ts from Mem Fox about writing picture books.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Career Planning

Agents can do more for you than just selling your book.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dialogue Tips

Written dialogue does not consist of simply writing down the spoken word.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


You can still lay the groundwork for a possible series while writing a standalone book.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Writing Videos

Brian Sanderson has posted videos of all his lectures from his 2013 creative writing course.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bad Reviews

Every book gets some bad reviews, but here are some ways you can minimize them for yours.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Writer Mistake

The most common mistake new writers make is to rush to publication.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sound Effects

Add fun and interest to your writing with sounds effects.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Write Faster

These three techniques will help you to increase your daily word count.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leave Room for the Illustrators

Picture book writers can tighten their manuscripts by remembering the illustrations will help carry the story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Three-Act Structure

Whether you're writing picture books or novels, the three-act structure is a common way to plot your story.