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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 Do Adults Read YA Fiction? Should Adults be Embarrassed to Read YA?

Posted in Bigotry, Culture, Fiction, Literature, Rants, Reading, YA, and Young Adult

Many Adults Read YA Fiction This is quite a difficult post to write. Not because the answer to the questions, “why do adults read YA fiction?” and “should adults be embarrassed to read YA?” are difficult ones to answer, but rather because I can barely believe that anyone is still…

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How to Stay Motivated to Write a Novel: 5 Top Tips

Posted in creativity, discipline, finishing your novel, Getting published, how to be a prolific writer, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, motivation for writers, publishing your first book, Writing a novel, and Writing Tips

Writing A Novel Is Hard Work From many conversations I’ve had with writers, particularly new writers (although it seems to be a ubiquitous problem regardless of length of experience) it can be a real problem working out how to stay motivated to write a novel. One of the difficulties…

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

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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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