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My favorite tool as a kid lit writer

When I first embarked on the adventure of writing kid lit, I had little guidance. At first I thought it would be easy. After all, I knew my 7- and 8-year-old nieces. I knew their basic vocabulary and their interests. … Continue reading

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The value of “sprint” writing

For three days, I’ve been working toward completing the first draft of the next Sarah & Katy book. I specifically took three days off from the newspaper to write. The first day, I accomplished almost no writing. My only goal … Continue reading

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This is a great cover design concept

During a recent visit to Book World, I was browsing the classics section when I came across this: Two different book covers that, when arranged side by side, create a single piece of art. This isn’t a brand new concept … Continue reading

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Playing the role of writer needs to stop being a game

My life is role playing. Yours, too. Think about the roles you play. For me, the title roles are wife, journalist, aunt/sister/daughter, housekeeper, pet owner, writer. Each comes with its own responsibilities and duties. Notice how writer fell at the … Continue reading

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Writing characters you love that readers will love

During her last week of school, my niece’s class voted on their favorite characters in Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets. The runaway favorite was Ruddy, the slightly paranoid cardinal who is convinced everyone and everything wanted to eat … Continue reading

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