Question and Answers with Alex Scarrow, author of YA series, TimeRiders

So we’re very lucky to have here today (virtually of course) Alex Scarrow, author of the TimeRiders series (TimeRiders (Book 1), TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2) and TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (Book 3)). First I must thank him for taking the time to stop by my blog and answer my questions.  So now, [...]

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Writing Children’s Books: The Bare Essentials of Writing for Children

I was emailing a new children’s writer and realized that I had spelled out the most essential lessons to writing good stories. Perhaps you’re interested in my 1-minute advice on writing. If so, here it is:
I attended a Children’s Writer’s Bootcamp (which I recommend if one is held nearby). One formula they [...]

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Why Write?

Did you ever get tired of apologizing for not getting stuff done that you were supposed to?
I know I do. But if I consider how to avoid this situation, the answer comes down to selecting a more manageable to-do list.
I remember a manager at work long ago telling me, “You’ve got a new [...]

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Writing for Children — Where’s the Best Place to Learn?

In an earlier post, I highly recommended SCBWI, in particular the conferences they hold. Another great source of info on writing for children is a husband/wife pair that run a website, newsletter, and several ebooks — Write4Kids.com. Write4Kids offers the total package of very basic information for folks new to the business of [...]

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SCBWI - Unpronouncable and Invaluable

In a couple of my previous blog entries, I’ve mentioned attending SCBWI conferences and it occurred to me that I ought to clarify what SCBWI is. SCBWI, is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It describes itself as “a professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books.” You do [...]

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