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The Drive to Write…

The Drive to Write…

It is almost impossible to stop writing once you begin. Beware of what habits you are embracing when you first decide to write. Writing becomes your passion, your joy, and your compulsion. You write at bus stops, in dentist offices, in cafes, as well as…

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Those Difficult First Lines

Those Difficult First Lines

First lines—those elusive, shifty, uncooperative first lines! First lines set the tone of the book, establish expectations in the minds of the readers and, I find, stimulate me to follow my own lead. It is sometimes easier to writer the whole chapter with grace and…

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Attitudes and Beliefs

Attitudes and Beliefs

Some authors of children’s books, particularly beginning authors, “talk down” to their readers. An aura of condescension permeates the writing like nauseating medicine. This can be present in varying degrees and can creep into your work. Ask yourself what kind of conversation you would have…

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Inviting Criticism: But I thought it was perfect

Inviting Criticism: But I thought it was perfect

Writing is all about feelings: your own, the character’s, and the reader’s. All this emotion is messy and it takes courage to deal with it. And then, once you have written the story and been as true as you can be to your own beliefs,…

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What to Wear While Writing

What to Wear While Writing

When it comes to writing, do clothes matter? If I wear pearls and an elegant suit, will my prose be elegant and orderly? If I wear yoga pants and last week’s hoodie, will my prose be sloppy and poorly constructed? Since I write in a…

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