1701, 2017

Write Children’s Stories for Publication

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Writing children’s stories is imaginative, expressive, and lots of fun. It also requires an understanding of what makes a children’s book successful. With practice, your stories come to life with memorable characters, an engaging story, and age-appropriate design.

Characters

When you write children’s stories, feature a child as the main character who is slightly older than the reader. The child drives the action in the story and solves the problem themselves without the help of an adult or another character. Despite a flaw or desire, they are likable and relatable to children. Of course, not all children’s books include children (or animals) in the story, but when they do, feature them and let them be the hero.

In the series of Clifford books, Clifford’s flaw is his largess. He wants to help, but it […]

1001, 2017

Learn the Craft of Writing

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I admit it. I’m a learning junkie. I love to find out more about so many things it’s hard to narrow my focus. As someone living with a ravenous curiosity, I make it my mission to learn something, anything every day.

In New Year’s Resolutions for Writers, one of the goals for the year is to learn more about the craft of writing. There are lots of ways to do this from quick and free to long-term and costly. You hear me say this a lot, but what you choose depends on your goals. The investment of time and money is dictated by whether you want to make writing a career, if writing is part of growing your business, or if you’re simply passionate about your hobby. If you’re not […]

1312, 2016

Writing is a Gift

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You are a gift to the world, my fellow writer. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, moving testimonials or light-hearted poetry, you’ve brought forth the courage to put your thoughts, dreams, and aspirations on “paper.” The very act of creating something from your mind’s eye is an exemplary act of faith. Kudos to you.

gift of writing

It takes even more courage to share your work. But, that’s where the magic happens. If you dare to share your writing with even one person, you allow your gifts to be opened. There is a bond between writer and reader. You set part of yourself free to enlighten, entertain, amuse, or inspire the reader knowing their world will change, even if just a nudge. They see […]

2911, 2016

Why Aren’t You Published Yet?

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If you aren’t published yet, there are a few things to overcome in order to get it done. Let me first say, you aren’t alone. Here are some obstacles and solutions to problems many writers face.

Knowledge

The most successful writers do a few things over and over again to be the best they can be. They suck up knowledge from all sources and arm themselves with the gifts of the writing world. Here are some things you can do to increase your knowledge about writing and publishing.

Read

Learn the craft of writing from the best in the business. Before you go to bed each night or as soon as you wake up in the morning, absorb some wisdom from writers like Stephen King (On Writing Well), William Zinnser (

111, 2016

25 Quotes About Writing

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Quotes about writing are always the most popular posts on my social media platforms. Here are 25 of my favorites to inform, motivate, and inspire your writing:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
― Toni Morrison

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” 
― Anaïs Nin

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” 
― Anton Chekhov

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” 
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

quotes about writing

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 
― Louis L’Amour

“A writer is someone for whom writing […]

2510, 2016

Giving a Voice to Many

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Sometimes good fortune lands you in the right place. I could have been talking with another author who had a lovely story about how they came to writing. Or, I could have had a conversation with someone about the chilly weather or their growing family. But, while displaying at a book fair this weekend, Lee was my neighbor. Part storyteller, part story gatherer, and author of Reading the Stones: A Collection of Memories from the First State, Dr. Lee Anderson saved a historic landmark from bankruptcy and has enabled families to share their memories and personal history along the way.

Lee, a Wilmington, DE psychologist, never considered herself a writer when she went to a meeting which outlined the financially dire situation at Riverview Cemetery. Her father, along with approximately 36, 000 […]

1110, 2016

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Blogging Your Book

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There are a lot of bloggers out there eager to take their writing to the next level. It’s logical that they are poised to become the next authors in their area of expertise. Unfortunately, many fail to make a successful transition because it’s not a perfect translation between blog and book. There are two ways to approach blogging your book:

  • Take your blog posts and compile the posts into a book
  • Outline a book and write blog posts as you are writing

I’ll tackle the former, because this tends to trip people up the most. Here are the 7 most common mistakes by bloggers making the transition to writing a book.

  1. No clear purpose for the book
  2. Failure to target a specific audience
  3. Unclear value-added proposition for the reader
  4. Lack of structure
  5. […]

510, 2016

Why Writers Procrastinate

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Is procrastination plaguing your writing life?

It’s ironic that when preparing to write this post, I’ve checked my email, worked on a course I am writing, gotten a sandwich, and avoided writing it. Maybe the procrastination gods are playing a cruel joke on me. Nonetheless, I am here, butt in seat.

Procrastination is an odd phenomenon, yet an all-too-common one. We want to get things done and off our minds. We know we’ll have more time for the fun and joy in life and avoid the Tums-inducing stress of waiting until the last minute. If we get it done, no one will nag us, our bosses won’t fire us, or we won’t have to pay the late fees on whatever we put off. For those of us who are writers, our blog […]

1409, 2016

Your Self-Publishing FAQs Answered

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Self-Publishing FAQs

Questions. When it comes to self-publishing, we’ve got a lot of them. Although I’m just scratching the surface, here are the answers to self-publishing FAQs to make writing and publishing your book easier and faster. Please ask your own questions in the comments if I don’t answer them here.

What’s the difference between traditional publishing, vanity publishing, and self-publishing?

When a book is traditionally published, the author usually gets paid an advance and royalties. The publishing house pays for editing, design, publication, and distribution. That’s the good news. The bad news is that publishing houses are trying to make money and therefore are VERY particular about who and what they will publish. It is difficult to find an agent who then hopes to place your book with a publisher. […]

706, 2016

5 Keys to Successfully Write a Book

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Of all of the steps it takes to successfully write a book, these are my top five things you must consider.

1. Clarify why you are writing it

The most important part of writing a book comes long before you’ve penned a single word—finding your why. There are many reasons people write: to gain credibility, establish expertise, express their views, heal, inspire, promote, entertain, among a multitude of other reasons. Your first job is to determine exactly why you are writing it. If your goal is to make sense of your struggles or share a family history, your approach to writing and subsequent marketing efforts will be different than if you are using it as a marketing tool to promote your business. Clarifying your why will determine your budget for the project instead […]