Category: Thoughts on Writing

https://bannedbooksweek.org/
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Banned Books Week 2018

Banning Books Silences Stories A sure way to keep a society from freedom is to control its literature and media. Take a look at the lists of children’s and young adult books that have been contested in the past. I’m not saying that all children should read these books, but parents should make that determination...

Past or Present Tense
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Past or Present Tense

Does your story play out in cinematic ‘real time’ or is it narrated from a past event? Past and present tense narration are the two primary (and most logical ) choices for storytelling and each has pros and cons. Because it is very difficult and time consuming to change from one to the other you...

Diversity in Children’s Books
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Diversity in Children’s Books

If you’ve paid attention to any suggested reading lists, the one word you’ll hear over and over again is diversity. While I understand that we are a diverse people with many different backgrounds, I don’t feel that diversity is really what is being extolled at this time. When I look at the current lists, I’m...

Do you need Beta Readers?
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Do you need Beta Readers?

One important feedback step many writers skip is using beta readers. So what are they? Beta readers are people from your target audience that volunteer to read your manuscript, primarily for content feedback. While you can skip this step, I think its something that most authors should consider. Do you really want to find out...