RSSCategory: Writing Resources

Writing Multiple Points of View | Writing Tips

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Writing Multiple Points of View | Writing Tips

The main challenge in writing multiple points of view is helping the reader keep everybody sorted out.

Continue Reading

How to Motivate Readers to Keep Turning Pages | Writing Tips

| September 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
How to Motivate Readers to Keep Turning Pages | Writing Tips

It isn’t easy to tackle tension when writing a story, but keeping these things in mind can point you in the right direction.

Continue Reading

Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

What makes a villain a villain? I’ve always been a fascinated—and a little bit terrified—of villains, especially in fairytales. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even if the old witch sent me diving into our couch cushions to hide my eyes.

Continue Reading

Screenwriting Vs. Writing Young Adult Novels

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Screenwriting Vs. Writing Young Adult Novels

A screenplay is a blueprint for a story to be carried out in another medium, by a bunch of other artists. A novel is a finished work, and it’s all yours.

Continue Reading

How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

When I published my first novel in April, I knew that a) I wanted to go on a book tour, and b) New authors, with a few exceptions, don’t get book tours anymore.

Continue Reading

The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

If I were to write this tale, I’d have to research hauntings, of course, and children who grow up with surrogate parents, and anxiety issues and medications. Assuming I’m comfortable gathering this information, there are few things I’ll look at to see if I have the makings of a YA psychological, suspenseful thriller:

Continue Reading

The Art of Adding Humor. Even When You Probably Shouldn’t.

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Adding Humor. Even When You Probably Shouldn’t.

We owe the same kind of hilarious grace to our characters and our young readers. We ask so much of them and it’s only right to give them every emotion in equal measure.

Continue Reading

The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

“I should start by saying that world building, where I get to create a fictional reality from the ground up, is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s the foundation of a good story. Of course, you want a plot that keeps readers turning the pages—and amazing, memorable characters as well, but those characters also deserve a fully realized world to play around in.”

Continue Reading

My Writing and Reading Life:
Patricia Hruby Powell

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life:<br />Patricia Hruby Powell

Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children’s books. She is the author of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker written in exuberant verse. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. You can visit her online at talesforallages.com.

Continue Reading

Writing Fantasy: An Article by Author & Film Producer Jules Bass

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Writing Fantasy: An Article by Author & Film Producer Jules Bass

A fairy tale is a story of marvels and magic set in an unreal world in which the events that take place are beyond the realm of possibility.

Continue Reading