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Are You a Rhyme Criminal? New!

You have a great idea for a children's picture book, and you've decided to tell it in verse. Children love poetry because they can anticipate the rhyming words and say them along with the adults reading the book to them. You already know that picture...

Inspiring Activities

I don’t care what people say, writer’s block is real. We all get burned out even on things we love, and a break is necessary to replenish the creative well. Sometimes you can tell when that dreaded case of writer’s block will happen. For example,...

Alternatives to Journaling

I could never stick with journaling. From my days in middle school where it was required in English class to a counselor telling me it was necessary after my Dad passed away, I couldn’t seem to make myself do it. It felt like a chore,...

Five Free Resources for Writers

We all feel the pinch of inflation and soaring gas prices these days. It seems like costs are rising while paychecks stagnate, leading us to be more creative about making better use of what we have and buying less. Today, I’d like to tell you...

Insight about Writing a Short Story

Short stories are the shorter version of novels and fall between thousand to five thousand words. These word restraints challenge the writer's creativity. Crafting a story with a theme, well-developed characters, a plot, and an ending is complex. The limited number of words also limits...

How to Write Fight Scenes

Fight scenes can be daunting to write. In simple terms, the conflict in your story manifests as physical violence in an all-out fight. Here are some essential tips for writing good fight scenes that hold your reader's attention:  Plan your fight scenes in advance:  Fights don't happen randomly....

Plot, the Rise and the Fall

The plot is not just a device we use to move a story forward. A plot must have a purpose and a meaning to both the character and the reader. The plot is driven by the character and the character is driven by the plot. One...

How To Write A Negative Review

As a reviewer, coming across a book that one did not like is frequent. The negative review written without consideration might deter a writer from the art. Therefore, one needs to be careful while crafting such reviews.  Writing a positive review is much easier, in my...

How Colors are Incorporated in Writing to Depict Different Moods

To write effectively is to make your readers be present in your story and feel the mood of the story’s setting. Color symbolism is one such element that has been used in literature over many years, either to describe the spirit of the environment or...

Creative Journal Keeping

Keeping a creative writing journal is something that most people in the writing world keep. It is not a journal of your everyday thoughts, that is something of a different nature. A creative journal is where you spend your time creating stories, ideas and building...