As explored last week, characters are the heart of our stories. We gravitate toward like minded people, even fictional ones. Some of my best friends, the ones who get me, who think like me, who yearn like me, are fictional characters. Think of Anne of Green Gables. Who hasn't made mistakes before? We promise to not make mistakes again, only to turn right around and make an even bigger mistake! Who hasn't had a Mrs. Blewett in her life, or contrastingly, a Matthew Cuthbert?
Fairytale has such a childish connotation, but bear with me on this. You don’t have to be an author of children’s books to get something from this post. I find that the best way to get better at something is to learn from the masters. I would love to sit down with any of these authors and learn all their secrets, but I doubt they would agree to meet with me. Even if they did, they cannot impart their years of toil upon me in a quick interview. That is best done by study.
I enjoy a good, classic murder mystery from time to time, so when The Body in the Garden showed up with a lovely looking cover on Netgalley, I snatched it up. I received this book from Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review. This book is different from most books I read for … Continue reading Book Review: The Body in the Garden
Maudie and Arthur were not only orphaned and sold to a cruel family, their father and their name was disgraced. The twins know their father didn't do what he was accused of doing and they are determined to become explorers like their father and clear his name. Maud is a brilliant engineer. Arthur loves to read and learn and discover. Of course, the children still hold hope that perhaps their father survived the expedition south. So when they get the opportunity to go on an expedition south, they jump at the chance to fulfill a life long dream and maybe even find their father, or at the very least, find out the truth of what happened on that trip.
I hope you are all well! This week has been madness! As you know I'm a 6th grade English teacher. My school was on spring break. It got extended this week, but teachers were required to work from home. Wednesday we started to get information. Thursday we began frantically redesigning our lesson to go online … Continue reading Characters Through the Ages (Well, through 70 Years)
Finding a critique group that is a good fit for you is HARD! You might want to create your own group. But where do you start? I have it all laid our for you here in this post!
Let us take a deep dive into crafting description well. I can’t say that I’m an expert at it yet, but I’ve been paying attention and reading up on this for quite some time now. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned.
First, Mia and her family just moved to live near her grandmother, who owns a cricket farm. Yes, a cricket farm. To make food with them. Barbecue crickets. Maple crickets. and more! Mia and her grandmother are really close, so when she learns that Gram's farm is in danger of closing down due to sabotage and lack of funding, Mia knows she has to do something. Layer one: Who is sabotaging the farm? Mia and two friends go all Nancy Drew to investigate and gather clues.
For beginning writers, one of the most difficult things to do is to finish the story they'd started. There is always another story that promises to be better. But that creates a big problem for writers.
This post contains spoilers for Nameless Queen. We discuss topics within the book such as "Is Coin a MarySue?" and speculate on a sequel if there is one.