Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sticking to Your Character’s Resolution, by Lindsay Bandy

Ah, the New Year’s Resolution: high hopes of getting into shape, developing positive habits, and all-around improving ourselves. Those blissful last days of December, the optimistic first week of January….and then, errr! crash! bang! We’re back to watching Netflix in … Continue reading

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A Holiday Quiz for your Main Character, by Lindsay Bandy

Happy holidays to all! It can be hard to focus on your writing this time of year, so here’s a  quick little activity to enjoy. Once you have your main character’s answers down, ask your antagonist, too. You might find … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration: Nine Resources to Break Your Writing Rut, by Lori Ann Palma

  December is the time of year for good cheer and celebration, for family, friends, and festivities. And for most of us, it’s a busy month filled with shopping lists, long lines, and too much time away from our writing. … Continue reading

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Writing Seasonal Picture Books, by Gayle C. Krause

It’s ROCK STAR SANTA season. Everyone loves holiday picture books, right? Well, almost right. Teachers love them because they can be incorporated into their curriculum before the specific holiday, especially in childcare centers and nursery schools. In fact, ROCK STAR … Continue reading

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Time to Doodle & Sketch : The Childhood Books That Defined You, by Ashley Lucas

I got the chance to ask two authors from the UK this week all about which books influenced them the most as children. Both Jo Franklin and Mo O’Hara provided some great answers (and insights) into how exactly the books … Continue reading

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Celebrate Words Like a Poet, by Lindsay Bandy

Whale. Palm tree. Intestines. Roses. That was the dude’s poem. Seriously. When a visiting “modern poet” came to my Creative Writing class and read his stream-of-consciousness poetry aloud, most of us were dumbfounded. A guy raised his hand and asked … Continue reading

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The Milestone Challenge: Two Steps to Becoming a More Productive Writer, by Lori Ann Palma

 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) just ended on November 30; this year, there were more than 53,000 participants across the globe. If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s an annual creative writing project that challenges registrants to complete a 50,000 … Continue reading

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