Some Writing Resources and a Blog Hiatus

Summer is coming! That means it’s time to take a blogging break (actually, since it’s quite a while since I posted, it may seem that I’ve already been taking one. I hope this post will make up for that, a bit at least.) Before the blog goes off on its vacation, I’d like to share some resources with you. Some you may already be familiar with, others may be new to you. This is just a sampling of the plethora of resources out there. I hope you’ll find something helpful in the ones I’ve shared in the links below. Websites: KidLit411 has been named Writer’s Digest’s top kidlit blog for… Read More

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Novel-Revision Workshop Coming Up at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University!

Do you have a first (or second or third) draft of a novel manuscript? Are you unsure how to proceed with your next draft? Do you find the process of revision daunting? Many people struggle with revision: how to evaluate their draft, how to deepen the character development, how to enhance the plot arc, how to deal with comments from critique partners — how to bring all the necessary elements together to make a successful finished manuscript. There are many ways to address this. I’ve recently learned about one that intrigues me, and I thought you might find it interesting and potentially helpful, as well. Janice Hardy is a novelist… Read More

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Using Mentor Texts

As my editing clients could tell you, I often suggest reading mentor texts — recently published books by established writers that can show how others have handled the issues the client is trying to bring to life in his or her manuscript. Seeing how well-established writers deal with character development, or the building blocks of plot, or story arc, or the use of antagonists and obstacles to the protagonists, can help a new writer think about how they can deal with those same challenges in their own writing. Reading and analyzing such books can help a writer see what works and what doesn’t in order to hone his or her… Read More

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A Few of My Favorite Sites

There is so much information all around us these days that it’s hard to sift through it all and find the “good stuff.” We all have our favorite go-to sites and blogs. Today I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite sites and blogs about the craft of writing (in no particular order). Author, editor and educator Emma Walton Hamilton’s blog “Emmasaries” — there is a treasure trove of information about writing and publishing children’s books on Emma’s blog. Searching for info on Self- or Independent Publishing? Emma’s got it. Want an overview of what it takes to write a picture book? Emma has it. Wondering about… Read More

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