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What do you do when a teen in your life is a diehard writer? When they won’t clean their room and just want to write stories or poems all day? First off, congrats to any adult reading this who wants to support a young writer whether they are related or not. You are lucky to have a dreamer in your life, and they are lucky to have you. Read more on ways to support young writers! Writing Prompts, Books, Writer, Writing About Yourself, Good Books, Writing Programs, Writing Contests, Nurturing, Latest Books
10 Ways to Nurture a Young Writer by K.B. Jensen
What do you do when a teen in your life is a diehard writer? When they won’t clean their room and just want to write stories or poems all day? First off, congrats to any adult reading this who wants to support a young writer whether they are related or not. You are lucky to have a dreamer in your life, and they are lucky to have you. Read more on ways to support young writers!
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How To Become A Children’s Book Reviewer
Want to work from home as a children's book reviewer and read children's books for money? If you are a stay-at-home mom or parent who wants to spend more time with your kids while making extra money, why not become a children's book reviewer! As a parent, you will have a unique perspective about what makes a good children's book, the educational value of a children's book, as well as how your child or children enjoyed a particular book. #BookReview #ChildrensBook #PictureBook #KidLit
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100 Life Quotes From Famous Authors That Prove Everyone Has Bad Days
Inspirational, famous literary quotes about life motivate us. When words from someone so talented can touch your heart, having a bad day becomes easier because you realize you're not alone. No matter who you are in this world — including those who seem like they’re too great to have any heartache or awful days — we all go through the same things. #Writing #Inspiration #Quotes #LiteraryQuotes
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How to Start a Book Blog – A Beginner’s Guide to Book Blogging
Whether it’s a fun past-time or a way to enhance your writing career, starting a book blog is a great way to get the most out of your reading. Connect with like-minded readers, share your thoughts, improve your writing skills and indulge your love for all things bookish! Follow this guide to creating the best book blog in the easiest (and most organised) fashion! #BookBlogging #Guide #Writing #BooksToRead
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8 Novel Outline Templates That Help You Write Your Story
You’ve settled on the idea you believe has potential for a great novel. You’ve done your research. You’ve spent a great deal of time developing your characters. Maybe you even started writing your outline, but you’re frustrated. You’re ready to start writing, and you’re confused about which plot structure will best fit your story. #Writing #Resource #Template #Genre
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24 Book Review Questions to Ask Before Writing a Review
Trying to write a book review but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, these book review questions for a book report will help you on your way! #BookReview #Writing #WritingTips
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Writing a Trilogy: How to Plan a Series of Novels
A book series is a powerful writing tool, because it allows you to take your reader on a journey. Your trilogy can grow alongside them, and you have far more space to explore your characters, worlds, and themes than you would in a single novel. Trilogies in particular have a unique kind of resonance. #Writing #WritingTips #BookSeries #Trilogy
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100 NEW Blog Topics for Fiction Writers
One of our most popular blog posts from the past few years was called 50 Blog Topics for Fiction Writers. I had a conversation with a fiction writer who said, "I write fiction - why would I need a blog? What on earth would I write about?" That conversation inspired the blog post. And from the response that we got, it was a question that many fiction writers were asking as well. #Writing #WritingTips #Blog #BlogPost #Ideas
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The Basics to Writing Dialogue in Picture Books
Have you thought about adding dialogue to your picture book manuscript? Some writers skip it, while others only tell a story with dialogue. Is there a trick to writing dialogue in your picture book? Today, I’m looking at how to use dialogue in picture books using Dorothia Rohner’s book, I AM GOOSE. Learn the 2 rules you need to use when writing in the short video below. #Dialogue #PictureBook #ChildrensBook #KidLit #Writing #WritingTips
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The Beginner's Guide to Illustrate a Children's Book
Starting a children's book is not that difficult. To help you along, here is a simple guide for you to illustrate a fantastic one. Check this out! #Illustration #PictureBook #ChildrensBook #KidLit
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11 Ways Authors Can Help Other Authors
One of the reasons I started this blog was because I was so inspired by the community of support I discovered when I attended my first writer’s conference. #Community #KidLit #PictureBook #ChildrensBook #ForAuthors
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How to Survive All 4 Weeks of NaNoWriMo
By the time this article goes live, we’ll already be a few days into National Novel Writing Month, so I hope you’re well on your way to hitting that coveted 50k. Over the last five years I’ve taken part in my fair share of NaNoWriMos, and they’ve always been a blast! #NaNoWriMo #Writing #WritingTips
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Why Write Book Reviews
I tell aspiring writers to write book reviews when their first getting started. But I think it’s a good idea even when you’re a professional writer. #BookReview #Writing #WritingTips
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HOW TO CREATE A WRITER’S NOTEBOOK FOR NANOWRIMO
Twas the night before NaNo, and all through the house, Mel was plotting and scribbling, trying not to freak out… #NaNoWriMo #WritersNotebook #Writing #WritingTips
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How to Build Strong Characters for Your Children’s Book
Do you ever read a book and wonder how the writer made you fall in love with their characters so well? Being able to build strong characters takes a lot of pre-planning and TONS of practice, but it is a skill you can learn. It all starts with knowing who’s in the cast of your story . . . #ChildrensBook #StrongCharacter #CharacterTrait #Writing #WritingTips
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Mistakes to Avoid in Children’s Fiction
Children’s fiction writers who are good at what they do, enjoy what they do. They like creating something from nothing . . . well from an idea. They enjoy the craft and the process – heck, they love it! But, with that said, there are 5 top mistakes these writers need to be aware of and avoid. #Writing #WritingTips #ChildrensBook #PictureBook
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How to Write a Book Review in 10 Steps – Beginner’s Guide
So, you want to get into writing book reviews. Maybe you discovered that it’s harder than it seems - along with everyone else who’s tried before you. Maybe you like to do some research before jumping headfirst into any new endeavour. Whatever the reason you've happened upon this article, you will find out how to navigate the intricate and enthralling world of book reviews. #BookReview #BeginnersGuide #Writing #WritingTips
Have you thought about adding dialogue to your picture book manuscript? Some writers skip it, while others only tell a story with dialogue. Is there a trick to writing dialogue in your picture book? #Writing #WritingTips #Dialogue #PictureBook #KidLit Shorts, Author Dreams, Writing Lessons
The Basics to Writing Dialogue in Picture Books
Have you thought about adding dialogue to your picture book manuscript? Some writers skip it, while others only tell a story with dialogue. Is there a trick to writing dialogue in your picture book? #Writing #WritingTips #Dialogue #PictureBook #KidLit
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How to Plot Your Picture Book Perfectly
Ask an adult what their favorite book growing up was, and more times than not, they will list a picture book. Why? Because picture books are the first books we are exposed to, and for some, it’s the only books we’ve ever read. This means as a writer, there is a lot of pressure when you plot your picture book. #PictureBook #Plot #Writing #WritingTips
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What Are the Best Places to Write? 15 Tips to Create the Perfect Writing Space
I admit it. I drool over Pinterest pictures of dreamy libraries and studies. Sometimes I google “writer’s offices” for inspiration about the best places to write, in search of that perfect writing space that will magnetize me to my desk and make me want to stay curled up with my work-in-progress for endless hours of storytelling. #WritingSpace #Writing #WritingTips
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How to Start a Writer’s Notebook
Wondering how to start a writer’s notebook? Trying to figure out how you’re going to keep everything organized for NaNoWriMo? Are you a writer who has too damn much going on to get anything organized in your mind? Let’s chat. #WritersNotebook #Writing #WritingTips
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER: NOW WHAT?
This is one of the most common questions I receive: I love to write, and I think I’m pretty good at it. How did you start? How can I quit my day job and write full-time too? This is a great question—and there are so many potential answers to it for how to be a professional writer! #Writing #WritingTips #Publishing #PublishingTips
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Plot Your Novel Easily with these Simple Tricks
If you poll most aspiring authors, they will almost ALWAYS say learning how to plot your novel is the hardest thing to do. I’m even working with one of my friends–who has been published before–on her plot. It’s that hard to do sometimes. #Plot #WritingTips #KidLit #PictureBook
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The Pros and Cons of Writing Under a Pen Name
Publishing your first book is nerve-wracking for any new author. You’re announcing yourself to the world. The nerves are getting under your skin. so perhaps you wonder if writing under a pen name is better than using your real name. #Writing #WritingTips #PenName #MarketingTips
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Advice To New Writers Who Want To Write A Children’s Book
If you’re anything like me, you probably have been thinking about writing a children’s book for a long time now. (And you might even have a laundry list of new ideas to try.) But before you can get to all those other ideas, you have to learn how to write your very first book. #KidLit #Publishing #WritingTips
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Finding a Writing Community
Writing is a solo task that many people find enjoyable and fulfilling. However, this does not mean you don’t miss a community aspect. When you are the only one holding yourself accountable and making sure that you fulfill deadlines, that can be tough. With a writing community, there are other people there to help you meet deadlines and/or keep you on track. #Writing #WritingCommunity #Author #CardinalRulePress
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What I Had to Learn to Become A Better Children’s Book Writer
I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for picture books. Both for the ones that I have read and the ones that I have written. There is so much joy to be found in this genre, and so much magic to be created. However, for the newbie writer dipping their toes into this category, there are a couple helpful things to know when starting off. #ChildrensBook #ChildrensBookWriter #Author
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Apps That Make Poetry Writing Easier
These apps will make poetry writing easier for you, your kids, and your teens. #homeschool #homeschooling #poetry
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Poetry 101: 13 Different Types Of Poems With Examples
If you’re not familiar with a lot of poetry, reading or writing your own poetry can seem a little daunting at first. There are countless poetic forms and styles, and a lot of them have rigid rules and structures to follow. In this guide, I’ll cover thirteen different types of poems and provide examples of each. #poetry #poems #poem
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5 Things You Need to be a Successful Children's Author
5 things you need to be a successful children's author. How to become a children's book author. How to write a children's book. Becoming a children's book writer. How to become a children's author. How to become a childrens author. How to become a childrens book author. How to be a children's book author. how to become children's book author. how to become a children's book writer. Importance of writing a book #authors #childrensbooks #childrensbook #writinglife #becomeanauthor #writertips
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The Basics to Writing Dialogue in Picture Books - Journey to Kidlit
How to Write Dialogue in Picture Books featuring I AM GOOSE by Dorothia Rohner. Writing Dialogue in children's books | Tips for writing dialogue | How to write dialogue in children's books | Childrens book writing | Kid's Book Writing | Writing for Children | Writing for Kids | Writing Picture Books | Picture Book Writing | How to write a picture book | Tips for making picture books | Using dialogue | #dialogue #writingtips #picturebooks
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Full STEAM Ahead: Add an Educational Hook to Your Manuscript
When you submit a picture book manuscript, it’s important to have a strong hook. Or preferably, multiple hooks. The “hook” is what will motivate a reader/buyer to choose your book. An educational hook can add extra value and often make a book particularly appealing to educators, and therefore, editors. #PictureBook #Education #Manuscript #StoryHook #EducationalHook
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Writing Tip: Why Connect with Other Writers?
Printed on a sticky note above my computer in bold letters with a purple sharpie reads, “ABC”. It’s my reminder to “Always Be Connecting”. There is value in connecting with other writers, no matter where you are in your author journey. Especially, during a time when connecting looks so different, we need authentic connection more than ever. #ConnectWithOtherWriters #CardinalRulePress #Writing #Books
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All Aboard My Picture Book Journey
“If only I had not been so young and foolish!” I can say that now at the ripe old age of 46 years young, but it still bothers me! When I was around 20, I sent lots of picture book texts systematically to UK publishers using all of the advice from The Children’s Writer and Illustrator Handbook and I received what I now know was a close call. #ChildrensIllustrations #ChildrensBooks #PictureBooks
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Full STEAM Ahead: Add an Educational Hook to Your Manuscript
When you submit a picture book manuscript, it’s important to have a strong hook. Or preferably, multiple hooks. The “hook” is what will motivate a reader/buyer to choose your book. An educational hook can add extra value and often make a book particularly appealing to educators, and therefore, editors. #BookManuscript #EducationalBooks #ChildrensBooks
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A FREE step by step guide on how to illustrate a Children’s picture book
Do you want to know what it takes to illustrate a children’s picture book when you're not an illustrator? No matter what your budget is, we're sure you'll find an option to suit you! Click here to get all the details. Step 4. Illustrate the story #findanillustrator #selfpublishingtips #howtoselfpublish #selfpublishingchildrensbooks
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Tips on Pitching!
Pitching is an important part of an author’s journey. Submitting and pitching the manuscript to publishers is how a picture book gets published. There is a lot that goes into making a pitch besides just writing the pitch. You have to consider time, place, and person too! We have compiled some tips on how to make a hit pitch to help get your picture book out into the world. #AuthorTips #WriterTips #Pitching #TipsOnPitching
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Picture Books vs. Picture Storybooks
As I navigate through shelves of PB's and books about how to write PB's, I am slowly learning that it is easy to turn something simple into something not-so-simple. #picturebooks #picturestorybooks #writingideas #childrensbooks
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How to Announce Your Book to Readers | cooks & books
But first, the publishing stories worth reading this week: How to Use Guest Blogging to Promote Your Book (Beth Hayden on JaneFriedman.com): This is a great all-in-one post on why writers should be guest blogging and how they can go about doing it, with an easy step-by-step process to follow. Take it one step at a […] #BookMarketing #GetPublished #Childrensbook #Kidslit
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To Write a Picture Book, One Must Read Picture Books
In order to do a job well, one must know the industry. For instance, if you are a chemist then keeping up with the newest chemistry discoveries and happenings is a must! Being a children’s book author is no different; it is not as simple as writing down a couple of sentences and slapping some illustrations onto the page. There is a lot more that goes into a children’s book. #Childrensbook #PictureBook #Forwriters