Writing for Children

Vivid and Specific Versus Vague and Ambiguous Words

Nov 5th, 2015 | By
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by Melissa Abramovitz Writing instructors constantly emphasize several important rules related to using vivid, specific words rather than vague, ambiguous ones when writing both fiction and nonfiction. These rules are termed “show, don’t tell,” “paint a picture with words,” “banish boring verbs,” “bring the reader into the story,” and “use



Good News for Children’s Writers

Oct 26th, 2015 | By
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by Nancy I. Sanders A week and a half ago, my husband Jeff and I packed our bags for Houston and headed to the airport early in the morning only to find out that the entire airport terminal was closed because of a bomb scare! Flashing lights. Police dogs. Helicopters.



Why Write for Children?

Oct 11th, 2015 | By
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by Melissa Abramovitz Last weekend I was privileged to present my book Helping Herbie Hedgehog and a short program at the Scholarshare Children’s Book Festival in Sacramento. I had fun, the audience had fun, and the onsite bookstore sold quite a few copies of my book. So, overall a very



When to Write for Free and When to Write for a Fee

Sep 2nd, 2015 | By
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by Melissa Abramovitz Many writers – both newbies and established professionals – wonder about the wisdom and value of contributing articles or stories for free. After all, the main purpose of developing and maintaining a business as a writer/author is to earn a living, or at least to supplement one’s



Time Management: The Power of One

Aug 16th, 2015 | By

by Nancy I. Sanders People often ask me how I get so many things accomplished as a children’s writer. At the pace of writing three to six books each year, that means I’ve written over 100 books during the course of my thirty-year career. Time-management skills are definitely a priority



Query and Cover Letter DOs and DON’Ts

Aug 4th, 2015 | By

by Melissa Abramovitz Many people ask me how to write good query and cover letters. So in this column I’m going to explain the difference between query and cover letters and offer some tips for writing them. Hopefully, these tips will help you achieve your goals of getting writing assignments



Writing Alone

Jul 5th, 2015 | By

by Melissa Abramovitz Being a writer is, by its very nature, a solitary profession. Although some writers work in busy newspaper or magazine offices, most sit in a home office or somewhere else in the house, facing a computer, surrounded by reference books and other tools of the trade, alone



Genre Influences Plot by Nancy I. Sanders

Jun 20th, 2015 | By

A genre is a category, or a group, of similar types of literature. For example, mysteries are a genre, or group of stories that are similar in how they have some type of whodunit riddle to solve, a person who follows the trail of clues, with witnesses and alibis and



Getting to Know Your Characters by Melissa Abramovitz

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

My new children’s picture book/early chapter book, Helping Herbie Hedgehog, was released several months ago, and since then Herbie Hedgehog and I have participated in numerous interviews and other promotional venues. One of my favorite features appeared on author Kai Strand’s blog in a feature called Building Character. In this



A Writer’s Life by Melissa Abramovitz

May 2nd, 2015 | By

Lots of people ask me what a typical workday is like for a full-time writer. So I thought I would share not just one day, but an overview of the past month. Keep in mind that a “typical” day varies a great deal for me since I do several different



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