By Lori Mortensen
Story beginnings are so important, it’s no wonder they get a lot of attention.
Writers not only have to come up with a fresh idea, they have to nail an opening hook that sets up the main character, grounds the reader in a specific setting, and gets a compelling story problem rolling. It’s a big bite of the story-writing apple.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Lori Mortensen on Writing Story Endings & If Wendell Had a Walrus »
Guillermo del Toro
(image from The Shape of Water media kit)
by Kate Pentecost
Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro has been My Boy for a long time, way before his monster romance The Shape of Water took home Best Picture and Best Director at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony and was nominated for scores of others.
He’s My Boy in that way that some musicians are Your Boy (or Girl,
Continue Reading Intern Insights: Kate Pentecost on Four Writing Tips from My Boy Guillermo del Toro »
By Traci Sorell
In addition to covering publishing news pertaining to Native creators for Cynsations, I am excited to shine a spotlight on fellow Epic Eighteen authors and illustrators, all of whom have a debut picture book coming out in 2018.
One of the first releases from our group is Snow Sisters! by Kerri Kokias, illustrated by Teagan White (Knopf, Continue Reading New Voice Interview & Giveaway: Kerri Kokias on Snow Sisters! »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
I’ve always had a fascination with Bigfoot; the idea that an ape/human creature could be secretly living in the woods both intrigued and terrified me as a child.
So when I got the opportunity to chat with the author and editor of Uncertain Summer by Jessica Lee Anderson (CBAY, 2017), I couldn’t pass it up. First, the promotional copy:
For decades something has lurked in the swampy lakes of East Texas. Continue Reading Author & Editor Interview: Jessica Lee Anderson, Madeline Smoot on Uncertain Summer »
By Helena Echlin
Yesterday we heard from Gillian French about techniques for building suspense.
Today Helena Echlin shares her take on giving your readers goosebumps.
And if you looking for even more ways to scare your readers,
Continue Reading Guest Post: Helena Echlin on How to Write (& Rewrite) a Tale of Suspense »
By Gillian French
What scares you? Snakes? Spiders? Bigfoot? It’s different for everyone. Likewise, authors use different approaches for building suspense.
Our Halloween treat for you is a glimpse at techniques from two YA authors for upping the stakes.
We suspect this is a topic you want to know more about,
Continue Reading Guest Post: Gillian French on Hooking Readers: How to Build Suspense »
By Sarah Albee
If you write for kids, chances are you are working on several things at the same time.
Most writers of books for kids don’t have the luxury of working on one project for years and years. We are short-order cooks, juggling multiple tasks at multiple stages.
So how do we shift gears between projects?
To answer this question, I thought I’d start by giving you a tour of what’s on my own highly-organized and tidy desk today:
Continue Reading Guest Post: Sarah Albee on Brain Training: How Writers Must Learn to Shift Gears »
By Candice Ransom
People always ask writers how they get their ideas. Ideas are everywhere—people should ask how does a book come about?
Over my 36-year career as a writer of children’s books, I’ve written a dozen picture books.
Normally, an idea comes to me and over a period of months, I’ll write the text. If the manuscript is acquired, the editor finds an illustrator,
Continue Reading Guest Post: Candice Ransom on Working Backwards & Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten »
By Becca Puglisi
In storytelling, our number one job is to make readers care. We want to ensure that our fiction captivates them on many levels and that our characters seem like living, breathing people who continue to exist in readers’ minds long after the book closes.
So how do we do this?
Well, it may not seem like the obvious choice, but the setting can be one of the best tools through which to organically reveal truths about your characters.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Becca Puglisi on Setting as a Characterization Tool »
By Carol Coven Grannick
I headed to my first writer’s residency at The Ragdale Foundation at the end of March with an imagined vision of open space, open time, and what I call “open expectations” – no finish line, no deadline, no shoulds or have tos about the challenging revision of my middle grade novel in verse or the small community of artists of which I’d be part.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Carol Coven Grannick on Open Expectations: Preparing for an Artist’s Residency: Internal Logistics »