Summer is the perfect time to go on a creative writing adventure. You can work a mini adventure into your family vacation, or simply take a few hours out of your week to whisk yourself away from your routine. Dive into these adventures with the attitude of a literary explorer,
The children's books that I remember the most are the ones that came with an important message. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day had a message of positivity and keeping your head up when it seemed like everything was coming crashing down around the protagonist. While
One of the first things you might think of when you think of a “classic tale” is one associated with a well-known and jubilantly celebrated holiday. Personally, you probably have about 20 stories that could easily be adapted into such a holiday yarn. Here are a few prompts that can
Some of my favorite stories when I was young truly cultivated my imagination. These stories included images of flying cars and video phones and all sorts of other technological advancements. We may still be a few years away from a flying car, but there’s no reason why you can’t touch
Before I became a writer, I started off as an actor. I think that being an actor can teach you a great deal about characters and stories in general and I highly recommend taking a class someday if you haven’t. One piece of advice I heard as an actor was
Once again, some of your best learning as a writer will come from reading. First, identify your own weak links as a writer. Are you heavy-handed with description? Do you stumble when creating dialogue? Do you tend to hit the reader over the head with a message?
In order for the reader to understand the impact of the story’s conflict on your protagonist’s life, you first have to show the character’s “normal.” But this normal needs details that have the potential to lead to something much more unstable and interesting.
Part One: Spend a few minutes with a notebook in a public space where children and families are present. Simply write down a few notes about some of the children you observe, what they’re doing, and who they interact with.
Place the main character from your story in a setting that’s not in your plot (the mall, a classroom, your own home, etc.) Write a scene in the First Person Viewpoint with your main character narrating his/her reaction to the setting.
Then write the same scene in Third Person Limited.
Now it’s time to take a good hard look at your own work….
Review your own catalyst, and brainstorm on different ways the plot can end. Go beyond the obvious. If you’re already into writing the middle of your book, examine the route your plot is taking. Answer these
A simple and very powerful exercise to discover the secret of great pacing.
Read through some published books similar to what you're writing in age group and genre. If you're writing a funny talking animal picture book, read those. If you're writing a middle grade mystery, check out some