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A weekly look at the craft of writing from full time freelance writer and former ICL Instructor Jan Fields. To have these articles, hot markets accepting submissions, and cool writer resources delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter HERE.

Pacing Write a Gripping Novel
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Picture Books: 3 Sides to Great Characters Are your characters larger than life?
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Picture Books: First Lines Are you making a good first impression?
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Picture Book Autopsy What makes a good picture book tick?
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An Interview with Hannah Holt On industry research and being a debut picture book author
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Down and Dirty Plotting Techniques for pulling it all together. by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Get Tense: The Plot Thickens Using tension and pace to craft your story
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The Process of Novel Writing: Planning What you need to do before you start writing
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Achieving Deep POV The deeper you go, the more the reader is sucked into your story. by Jamie K. Schmidt
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Strunk & White - The Elements of Style Virtually everyone calls it a “classic”—and with good reason by Rita Reali
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Stephen King - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Truly, though, it’s more than a memoir. by Rita Reali
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Reconnecting with a Work in Progress Time to Revisit Old Friends
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Carroll Dale Short - A Writer's Tool Kit A concise book of tips to improve your writing. What more do you need? by Rita Reali
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Get Children to Read Your Book Engage your reader beyond the first paragraph
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One of the most important questions to consider when developing a story is "what is going to be at stake for my main character?" By this, we mean, “What is the cost of quitting?”  A worthwhile...
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To Outline or Not to Outline: That is The Question by Chaunie Brusie There are two types of writers in this world: the kind who outline and the kind who don’t. OK, so that may be a slight...
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When it comes to writing and submissions, there is such a thing as too soon. In fact, the number one mistake writers make in the area of submitting their work is moving too fast and sending too...
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How do I go about writing a memoir? by Rita Reali As an editor, I often get asked, “What’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?” In framing my answer, I sometimes reply, ...
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Idea Starters: Map Your Ideas by Andrea Collier An offshoot of mining for stories is mapping ideas. For me, it started as a way to think about and control how much money I make on my stories. ...
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Idea Starters: Mining Your Stash by Andrea Collier If you are like me, writing can be a series of stops and starts. It is all a part of the process. I have a ton of ideas that may have been...
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One of the most crippling things a writer can do in the early stage of any book is worry about whether your story (or something like it) has been done before. First, pretty much all stories have been...
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Organizing Your Ideas by Guest Blogger Andrea Collier As we start a new year, we also often face the big scary thing—a blank page of a new project. If you’re lucky, you already have an idea for...
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Method to My Madness, Part 2 by Rita Reali Last week I touched on how I began writing fiction—and how my first two characters (Gary and Michaela) dropped in on me, unannounced, in freshman...
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The Method to My Madness—Sort Of  (Or How—and Why—I Do What I Do) by Rita Reali I often get asked about my process. How do you write your novels? Where do you begin? How do you keep going? And...
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One of the questions writers tend to be asked a lot is "where do you get your ideas?" Of course, two other questions are "can you read something for me?" and "can you pass this on to your...
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Putting It All Together by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about voice, tone, and humor. We’ve also discussed viewpoint. But how do we make it all work seamlessly? And can you use the same tools...
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Writing samples are those bits of writing that we send to educational publishers (and a few trade publishers) who are looking to staff specific projects with good writers. In these situations, the...
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Whose Story is it Anyway… Viewpoint  by Andrea Collier When I start a story, I visualize myself in a room full of people. I pace the room. I look at the people and I try to guess the best...
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Authentic Kid Voice Creating Quality Dialogue
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Interjecting Humor in Your Work by Andrea Collier Out of all the style tools we describe in this series on tone and voice, interjecting humor is probably the most difficult to pull off well. ...
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Look in Your Junk Drawer Rethink, Restore, Revise
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Some writers write only one sort of book: picture books, mysteries, science fiction, humor, racy romance, etc. But many writers jump around in their careers and tackle whatever project bubbles up in...
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Finding the Right Tone for Your Story by Andrea Collier We’ve talked about “voice” now it is time to meet its twin sister, “tone.” If you are writing for publication, or for a specific...
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Five Things to Worry About Details You Should Sweat About
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Training Your Writer’s Voice to Come Out to Play by Andrea Collier When I first started writing in earnest I would mimic the authors that I admired. I studied how they put words on the page. ...
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Why Wait? Six Ways to Gear Up for NaNoWriMo Now! by Rita Reali It’s coming! Are you ready? You’re probably asking, “What’s coming?” Why, National Novel Writing Month, of course. It rolls...
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Talking about how to end a book or story is a bit harder than talking about how to begin one. The first paragraph of a book doesn't really count as a spoiler for the book, but the last paragraph...
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Comma Long With Me and Celebrate Punctuation Day by Rita Reali It’s like they created a day just for folks like me, people who are (admittedly or not) obsessed with punctuation… proper...
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How to Write Craft Articles (That Magazines Will Buy!)
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Momentum is a delicate thing in writing. Sometimes you start out revving along in a novel, falling in love with your main character, fascinated by the situation you're creating and cranking out...
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Get Engaged (No Ring Required!)
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Writing can be a lonely art form. Unlike performance artists, you don't have audience reaction to rev you up. And sometimes family and friends aren't incredibly supportive, especially during the...
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September’s a Month for Literary Celebrations by Rita Reali This month we celebrate a hat trick of days of particular note: September 6th is Read A Book Day. September 7th is Buy A Book Day. ...
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Dangerous Writing Tools Knowing What to Use and When
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Every story has a beginning. The best beginnings grab our attention and make us eager to read on. The best beginnings give a sense of sort of story we're going to get so we can settle in and take the...
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Do All Novels Need To Be About Young People? by Jeff Vasishta A look at 7 recent successful novels where the main protagonists were Middle-Aged In writing courses you’ll hear professors...
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What To Do with the Hard Times The Key to Pushing Through
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Genre, according to Google's dictionary function, is "a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter." When you're...
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The Nature of Plot Following the Flight of the Arrow
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Pop culture - Why it's so important in fiction today and how to weave it into your writing (without dating your work) by Jeff Vasishta As a journalist I’m sent a lot of novels and choosing...
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by Jeff Vasishta A newspaper headline serves one purpose–to make you want to read the article beneath it. The opening sentence in a novel tries to do something similar. It should make you want to...
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As writers we can easily get caught up in the mode of looking for anyone who will accept us. This is especially true early on in our writing careers, but all publishers are not created equal. After...
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I was recently at the Highlights Foundation and had the opportunity to read the guest book journal in my cabin. A couple of the guests talked about a large spider they cohabitated with. I never saw...
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Long ago, when I first realized that my fiction would sell worlds better if I had any idea how to go about telling a good story, I started reading about plot. Plot seemed like a rather mysterious...
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Catch 'Em with the Query Avoid the #1 Mistake Writers Make
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Recently I was watching a video where an artist was talking about "trade secrets" in art. He was recounting the times when he was just beginning in art and people would refuse to tell him what...
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Some writers love revision. In fact, for many, the rough draft is something to be rushed through to get to the real "fun," the revision. I'm not one of those writers. I do a lot of revising, ...
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As of today, I have created three original series and written for several others where I had a fairly free hand in shaping the series beyond the original concept. I've worked on others where I was...
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For most writers, there are few things more reviled than writing a synopsis of a book manuscript or short story. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Why is writing a synopsis so...
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I know folks who lament about not having time to write. They'd do it if they just had time. If they could quit work. If they didn't have so much care-giving they needed to do. If they didn't have...
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8 Tips to Help You Get to Know Your Character Questions Every Writer Should Ask
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As playwrights know, a script is made up of both dialogue and directions for movements on the stage. Good playwrights tend to trust the actors and directors to determine most of the movement beyond...
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Refuse to Be Bored And Be a Better Writer for It
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Recently, someone asked about the structure of the action-adventure plot. How quickly should the writer get to the problem? How many pages in each chapter? How should the chapter arc...
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Five Common Character Motivations What's driving your character?
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Within Reason People write stories for all kinds of reasons. Some do it to pass on experiences in their own life and family. Some do it to impart life lessons to help a new generation. Some do it...
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Along with writing, I also draw a bit and work with polymer clay. On some days, it seems I can draw or sculpt anything. My little clay creatures end up with charming winsome faces and I fall in love...
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I picked Kelly Milner Halls' quote about her excitement at finding new weird topics to write about, because I think it's key to nonfiction writing. It's key to fiction writing. It’s key to...
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Help! I'm Stuck! 5 Tips to Get Out of Your Writing Rut
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At this point in my writing career, I have never won any prestigious awards, but I do make a living from my writing so I feel pretty successful. Success means something different to each of us, of...
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In any story, a character must do something. A character who just bobs along on the current of everyone else's actions and decisions isn’t worthy of being in your story, and definitely isn’t worthy...
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Recently I've been reviving an old love for drawing and sculpting. I'm never going to make a living at it, but I enjoy it. Connected to this hobby, I've also been looking at YouTube videos about...
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What's Your Point of View A First, Second, and Third Person Primer
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At this point, I have sold well over two dozen mystery novels for adults and have written and sold mysteries for children, both as short stories and chapter books. In fact, many of my adventure...
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Writing from Life Take It or Leave It?
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How Submissions Work Formatting, Submitting, Rejection...Oh My!
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The New Year is galloping toward us at an alarming rate. Are we ready for new challenges and the work to meet them? For many of us, preparing for the New Year means setting goals. Now, goal setting...
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Cleopatra had Cooties What Do Kids Care About?
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Interview Your Characters Ask Your Characters How the Story is Going
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Ultimately, the nature of plot is problem. The main character faces something that must be overcome or completed or defeated or endured, and the efforts that main character makes to do just that...
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Cook Up a Good Story 8 Writing Ingredients for a Stellar Story
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It’s the end of the year when it's difficult to find time to write, and nearly impossible to write every day. Sure, some people can manage it. But if you can't, that makes you just like many other...
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Q&A Hall of Fame Answers to Questions You May Have Missed
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From Inspiration to Publication Lessons Learned
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Houston, We Need a Problem Conflict for Any Age
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From Inspiration to Publication Kimberley answers more of your questions!
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Snagging the attention of a reader so that he or she will sit down with your short story or book can be challenging. We all know that short story illustrations and book covers play a part in grabbing...
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From Inspiration to Publication Kimberley answers your questions
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From Inspiration to Publication Be an Original
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Poetry for the Very Young How to write with young children in mind
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From Inspiration to Publication Observe Life, Write Better
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Write the Most Popular Genre in Kidlit Are you feeling mysterious?
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There is one thing I often notice when I'm reading query letters or cover letters with an eye toward improving them: when writers don't know how to submit to an editor it's often because they don't...
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From Inspiration to Publication How to Brainstorm Article Ideas
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Five Tips for a Great Main Character Making Your Main Character Matter
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In my September 1, 2016 post, I wrote "Will Someone Steal Your Idea?" and I talked about theft of just an idea. Now I want to ask you if you have you ever worried about someone stealing your writing? ...
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From Inspiration to Publication Learning the Language of Publishing
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Consider the Illustrator Are you being a good partner?
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One of the most requested genre for short stories (and a popular one for books as well) is adventure. So many writers will put the word "adventure" in the title or the query letter of a piece that is...
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From Inspiration to Publication Why Take a Writing Course
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Do You Sound Like a Kid? Or Will Your Audience Spot a Fake?
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If you want to know how to win a writing contest, take it from someone who has judged a lot of writing contests? (Yes, that would be me). Here are four things that will almost automatically get you...
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From Inspiration to Publication When Life Gets in the Way of Writing
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How to Write Funny Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?
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Do you know what you have written? Because it's amazing the number of times people will pop up to say, "I wrote a book for kids, now what should I do?" Answers to that question can be hard when I...
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From Inspiration to Publication Life as a Working Writer
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Don't Promote Prose Bloat Part 2: Is it EVER Okay to Use an Adverb?
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I have author friends who love revising. They love the process of carving really good prose out of potentially questionable prose. For me, revision is more of a necessary evil, and one I must...
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Don't Promote Prose Bloat Part 1: How Evil Are Adverbs?
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Writers sometimes worry that someone will steal their idea. Though rare, this isn't a totally invalid theory. If a publisher sees an idea that suits their publishing line and is executed really well, ...
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From Inspiration to Publication How Writing is Like Climbing a Mountain
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Nonfiction Does Not Mean Nonfun Writing the true, untold, totally cool stories kids want to read
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I like writing stories for children that are a little scary. It's one of the reasons I like writing mysteries. But I really prefer a story with a little more peril than a Sherlock Holmes type...
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From Inspiration to Publication Connecting the threads of your characters
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At the novel contest webinar, there were some questions that I wasn't able to get to even though we ran over a bit. One was about viewpoint and I actually have thought about and written about...
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From Inspiration to Publication Things are not always how they seem
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Is This a Picture Book? Tips for Evaluating Your Story
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I'm presently working on my 85th book. Well, actually I've started more than 85 books. I've even finished more than 85 books. But this is 85 books that are either published or soon to be published. I...
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From Inspiration to Publication The 30 Minute Success Story
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Magazine Nonfiction that Grabs Kids Making Connections in Today's Market
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Every day people do things that are funny or sad or frustrating, and later go home to tell the family about these things. And the "performance" of the telling can be fascinating or engaging, but...
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From Inspiration to Publication The Research Assembly Line
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Unusual Story Form Ways to Get Published Writing for Children's Magazines
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Creating a one-of-a-kind and well-rounded character is only the first step in building a story. A character can be fun and exciting. And in some books (especially picture books, Olivia, for example)...
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From Inspiration to Publication Insecurity vs. Determination - Who Will Win?
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Creating Characters for Young Children How to Write From a Kid's Perspective
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Setting is the key to making the world of your story feel real and three dimensional. Setting can be as simple as a classroom, a school bus, or a backyard. It doesn’t need to take pages or even...
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From Inspiration to Publication Blossoming into the Writer You Were Meant to Be
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Here's My Heart. Go Ahead. Stomp on It. How to deal with rejection - It's not about you.
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One struggle many writers have comes from character creation. How do you make characters who feel exciting and real? This is a common struggle. How do you make characters who don't all sound alike? ...
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From Inspiration to Publication Notebooking for the win
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This week I've been doing a lot of research. I've been reading about the voyages of Captain Cook. I hadn't thought about Captain Cook since I was a child, and then he was just a name on a history...
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The Difference Between Wordy and Concise I don’t love what I’m writing, I love that I’m writing.
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Holiday and Seasonal Material How to Handle Writing for the Holidays in Today's Magazine Market
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From Inspiration to Publication Through Thick and Thin
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Is laughter really the best medicine? I don't know, but I do suspect that laughter is a great way to get published. If you spend much time listening to acquiring editors or librarians or agents, ...
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From Inspiration to Publication To Trust or Not to Trust the Process? That is the Question.
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From Inspiration to Publication Kimberley Gets Serious About Writing for Children and Teenagers
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I’d seen the ad before: “Take our aptitude assessment and if you qualify, one our instructors––all of whom are nationally published authors––will be your personal mentor on every single assignment in...
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Great Read!

By Mara Kim Amazon review, Verified Purchase

"This is another great read from [ICL]... When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately ... This book is a great addition to a writer's (whether published or not) shelf ... I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great."