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Month: April 2016

How to Get Through Writing the Difficult Second Book

Posted in creativity, discipline, Editors, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, self publishing, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Catharsis Okay, I’ll come clean at the outset: the primary purpose of this post is probably personal catharsis. Of course, as always, I hope it will be at least interesting and possibly useful to you. But I won’t deny my reason for writing it is to process my…

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Why You Should Never Write For Children (How to Write Children’s Books)

Posted in Books for Kids, childhood, Childrens Books, creativity, Independent Publishing, Juvenile Fiction, Learning to Write, Middle Grade Fiction, Storytelling, Writing Tips, and Young Adult Fiction

Writing Books for Children Is Not Easy Seems like a crazy title from a writer whose fictional output to date has mostly been marketed as “for children” or been published in children’s magazines. I’d I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to write children’s books. My…

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What Is the Difference between Middle Grade and YA Fiction?

Posted in Books for Kids, Childrens Books, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Juvenile Fiction, Learning to Write, Middle Grade Fiction, Publishing, publishing with a small press, publishing your first book, self publishing, Writing a novel, Writing Tips, and Young Adult Fiction

Everybody and Her Aunt Has an Opinion Defining the differences between juvenile, middle grade and young adult fiction seems to be a very difficult thing for many people to achieve. “What is the difference between middle grade and YA fiction?” seems to be a tough question. It’s one…

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Who Was John Barleycorn? An Ancient Mystery Uncovered

Posted in anthropology, folklore, folkloric motifs, mythology, and Truth

It Begins with a Song…or Does It? I’d like to share with you the curious and disturbing facts I uncovered while digging into the fertile soils of history, myth, folklore and custom in an attempt to find a long-buried secret: an answer to the question, who was John Barleycorn? You…

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What do Myths Mean? 7 Ways to Understand Myths & Mythology

Posted in anthropology, folklore, mythology, and Truth

Complimentary and Contradictory Ideas about Myth As someone who reads and thinks about these things a good deal, I’m aware of several approaches to understanding myths and mythology. But is there a universal answer to the question, “What do myths mean?” Sometimes these various ways of understanding and interpreting…

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Child Abandonment Stories in Folklore and Fairy Tales

Posted in abandonment, anthropology, childhood, fairy tales, folklore, folkloric motifs, mythology, and the armless maiden

The Contemporary Relevance of Folkloric Traditions I’d like to write about child abandonment stories. It’s something that’s been on my mind recently. Partly for personal reasons I won’t go into here, and partly reflecting on the fate of thousands of solitary refugee children who find themselves separated from…

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Beginning and Ending: How to Finish Writing a Book

Posted in creativity, discipline, Getting published, how to be a prolic writer, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Productivity for creatives, prolific writer, Publishing, publishing your first book, The debut novel, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

How to Finish Writing a Book: Where to Begin? I was asked yesterday, by someone who aspires to be a professional writer, how to get started on her first novel. In the same hour, I was asked how to finish a book! So, here’s a quick post with some…

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