When writing for children, take a LEAP—write a story that teaches (LEARN), captivates (ENTERTAINS), AND gets the child to do something (PROVOKES).
One of the first things a reader looks for in a story is the viewpoint. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of using different points of view in your story.
Does your book need chapters? If so, how long should they be? Jan Fields reveals the ins and outs of using chapters effectively in your story.
Relationships play a key role in most fiction stories. Thinking about relationships of all kinds will make for stronger writing that will engage readers.
Writing involves choices. Word by word we can harness the power and magic of words. Let’s make the most of our writing choices with today’s post.
Two things will make readers fall in love with your book: premise and character. Jan Fields shows how to have them head over heels for both in your story.
Successful writers are also readers. The act of reading builds skills and inspires creativity. Let’s talk about building your reading list as a writer.
There are problems every new writer faces. Let’s look at some of the most common issues and turn them into 3 resolutions to make us all better writers.
Unity in nonfiction means the writing is cohesive, coherent, and creates a meaningful whole. Letâ€™s explore how unity gives you a better shot at publication.
Aristotleâ€™s RHETORIC gives 3 elements for persuasive communicationâ€”Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. These 3 words are also what every book for young readers needs.
Rule of Three writing tools, such as a tricolon or hendiatris, make our writing different and possibly more interesting to readersâ€”always a good goal.
Plot is complicated and those complications are called conflict. Let’s explore different types of conflict your character must face in a successful plot.
What’s so special about the number 3? Three is magical because it’s the smallest number that creates a pattern. Here’s how to use the rule of three in writing.
We find the rule of three in all sorts of places, but especially in writing. How can you make this magic number work for you? Read on to find out!
Writers often complain about not being able to finish what they start. Are you in that spot? Here are 11 reasons why you just can’t write the end of the story.
You donâ€™t want speed bumps in your story to slow down your readers. Today we discuss the types of story speed bumps that bring your reader to a full stop.
Let’s talk about various ways to NOT include backstory. Avoid boring your reader to death with info dumping, unnatural dialogue, and irrelevant details.
Dialogue format is complicated. Quotation marks. Commas. To use said or not to use said, thatâ€™s just one question. Join us today as we set the record straight.
Voice is a vital element of dialogue. Dialogue is essential to express a characterâ€™s voice. How do these intertwined writer tools work together? Letâ€™s find out!
If we want characters to seem real, their dialogue must sound real—both the words they say aloud and the words they say to themselves through inner dialogue.