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The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) By Jack M. Bickham Published by Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, 1992.   I’ll bet you’re saying, “1992!! That book is too old to do me any good.” I disagree. I first read…

Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day 

By Tameka Fryer Brown. Illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. Published by Abrams in 2010. Tameka Fryer Brown was one of my fellow-Mudskippers. We were jubilant to celebrate her first published picture book with her, Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day. I love the happy rhythm of…

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print By Renni Browne and Dave King, Illustrated by George Booth Published by Quill: Harper Collins in 1993. In 2004, I was in an amazing critique group called the Mudskippers (For a 5 minute video…

Picture Books Are for Grown-Ups, Too

  As I write picture book manuscripts I keep in mind that I want to create opportunities for young children and the adults who love them to snuggle up in a comfy chair, at a picnic table, in a car during a long trip,…

Creating Characters Kids Will Love

Creating Characters Kids Will Love by Elaine Marie Alphin (http://elainealphin.blogspot.com/) Published by Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2000. “Kids read because a magical closeness springs up between them and the characters in books and stories…They read because a writer has brought a character to…

Encouraging Words

Writing Encouraging Words Source: Encouraging Words

On My Shelf

In my home office I have a book case. Or two. Or three. Every shelf is crammed full of books. Paperbacks. Hardbacks. Picture books. YAs. Novels. And loads of nonfiction titles. It’s probably a familiar sight for you readers and writers. On the top…

117 Easy Steps

That’s all it takes to get a blog up and running — IF you’re as technologically challenged as I am!

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