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The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

Posted in Books for Kids, childhood, Childrens Books, Classics, creativity, Culture, discipline, fairy tales, famous authors, famous writers, Learning to Write, Literature, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, writer biographies, writers, writing life, and Writing Tips

Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

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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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Child Abandonment Stories in Folklore and Fairy Tales

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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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