World-Building and Social Networks

Randy Ingermanson is a prolific teacher and writer and thinker. Here is his latest about writing craft from his eZine Advanced Fiction Writing… 3) Craft: World-Building and Social Networks There are three categories of fiction where world-building is very important: Science fiction Fantasy Historical fiction I haven’t written much on world-building, for one simple reason. […]

Rhythm and Rhyme—Their Effects are Sublime

By Margaret Welwood I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham! What do “Little Boy Blue,” Dr. Seuss’ classic invitation to try some different food, and the newest stories in poetic form offer children that some other stories don’t?  Rhythm and rhyme—and their predictability is a major player in […]

Understanding the Homeschool Market

by Jennifer Self American homeschooling families are an eclectic group with a variety of interests. Some homeschooling families have children with special needs so they use outside education to help with that. Others will have different children in different types of schooling options based on the individual child. Christian homeschooling families tend to be more […]

Writing Craft: Writing a Synopsis

by Randy Ingermanson Craft: How to Write a Synopsis One of the most common questions novelists ask is “How do you write a synopsis?” First, let’s define what a synopsis is, because it’s sometimes called an “outline” which is a confusing term. Many of us learned how to make an “outline” in third grade, using […]

Where’s Your Book?

By Belinda Forgy I remember as a little girl, writing short stories about mythical creatures and cute little kids and everyone would tell me how good I was at it. My English teachers always gave me kudos for following the story writing formula of a protagonist, an antagonist, a crisis and a happy ending. Regretfully, […]

Are you a writer?

by Whitney McKendree Moore I was inspired last night by something I encountered in a tiny book of letters from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke to an aspiring young writer. In it, he essentially tells the student that if you are a writer, you write. Why? Because you must. You can’t help it. In his words: […]

Proofing is all about the reader.

by Adam Swiger To use the Oxford comma, or not to use the Oxford comma? For that matter, is the comma in the previous sentence necessary? And, how do we know when a hyphen is necessary and when it isn’t? Of course, we know that particular rules and particular style guides matter, especially in the […]