Writing Fiction for Children Articles

For those who bought the paperback of Writing Fiction for Children, here are the articles mentioned in the book and those for the bonus articles in Section Eight.

As with the Resources Page, if you find a link doesn’t work, I’d appreciate it if you would sent me an email at kcioffiventrice@gmail.com. I’ll be sure to fix the link or remove it if it’s no longer available. Please include the article name in the email. Thanks!

SECTION ONE: BOOK GENRES

Identifying Genre

The Difference Between School Readers and Picture Books

SECTION ONE: WRITING, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS

Writing Conferences:

The Guide to Writers Conferences and Workshops

Top 10 Writing Conferences in North America
(While the link is for 2017, look for current conferences on the site or search the 2017 website offering the conferences)

Writing Conferences and Events

The Write Life

Writing Workshops and Classes:

WOW! Women on Writing

Savvy Authors

Articles to Get You Started:

Benefits of Outlining

The Basics of Plot: A Classical Approach

SECTION TWO: GRABBING THE READER’S ATTENTION

Excellent Explanation of Point of View

100 Best First Lines of Novels

First Lines – Part 1
Check out all the First Line Parts from Mary Kole

Fix Your Beginning 

Memorable First Lines

A Close Look at Verb Tenses 

SECTION THREE: BUILDING YOUR CHARACTERS AND DIALOGUE

Children’s Writing and Information Dump

How to Show Not Tell

Understanding Showing and Telling

How to Create Realistic Characters 

All Characters Aren’t Created Equal 

Plot a Lesson from Aristotle about Building Characters 

List of Character Traits 

Describing characters with Similes 

Flashing Back 

Villains

Character Self-Description

Seven Character Types That Build Your Story 

Creating Characters 

Three Character Archetypes in Fiction

All Characters Aren’t Created Equal 

Physical Clichés

An Observation On Character Development

Putting the Character into Characterization

Crafting Authentic Dialogue

The 7 Tools of Dialogue

SECTION FOUR: STORY FUNDAMENTALS AND STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE

The Three Layers of Story Engineering, Architecture, and Art

Plot and Your Story – Four Formats

The Basics of Plot: A Classical Approach

Bad Obstacles

Are You Giving Readers the Tools to Understand Your Story?

Shore-up Your Sagging Middle 

Theme, Imagery and Description

Writing on a Theme 

Vary Your Sentences: Start with a Different Part of Speech

Put action in books for children and teens 

3 Ways to Know When to End Your Chapters 

A Balance of Action and Information 

Writing a Fiction Story – Walking Through Walls Backstory

Backstory in Description, Dialogue, and Flashback

SECTION SIX: HOW TO REVISE AND EDIT, RESEARCH, AND FIND A PUBLISHER

(Will be back to link the rest of these articles. If you’re here before it’s done, just copy and past the URLs)

Voice – Loud and Clear

Voice, Loud and Clear

Determination, Focus, and Perseverance

The Path to Writing Success – Focus, Determination, and Perseverance

Writing a Hot Plot

How to Write a Novel Plot in Four Steps

Why You Don’t Use “Suddenly”

Using “Suddenly” in Creative Writing

Tag, You’re It! How To Write Excellent Dialogue Tags

How To Write Excellent Dialogue Tags

Pitchcraft
http://kidlit.com/2010/02/15/pitchcraft/

Punctuation Tips
http://www.lrcom.com/tips/punctuation.htm

Reductive Revision

Reductive Revision


Provides a great hands-on example of writing tight

Proofreading Tips from Philip Corbett Times Editor

You Finished Your Novel . . . Or Have You?
http://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2011/07/you-finished-your-novel-or-have-you.html

“THE END” is Only the Beginning:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Refining Your Manuscript
http://anitanolan.com/theend.html

The Stages of Editing (Humor)
http://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-stages-of-editing/

Section Seven: From Contract to Editor to Sales

SEO for Authors Series: The Basics
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2017/12/seo-for-authors-series-basics.html

GetResponse – Email Marketing Service
http://www.getresponse.com/index/AWD1790
(I use this service and I’m an affiliate for them)

SECTION EIGHT: WRITING AND MARKETING BONUS RESOURCES

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Publisher

The Pros & Cons of Working with a Small Publisher

How to Find Writing Workshops
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/03/how-to-find-writing-workshops-seminars.html

What I Learned from the Movie “Young Adult”
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/03/what-i-learned-from-movie-young-adult.html

Critique Guidelines for Happy Writers by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/03/carolyns-critique-guidelines-for-happy.html

Grammar Tips with Anne Duguid
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/02/writing-daily-dozen.html

Difference Between Style and Voice
http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/02/difference-between-style-and-voice-by.html

When You Are a Beginning Writer, The Keyword is Focus
http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2012/01/when-you-are-beginning-writer-keyword.html

Don’t Even Think About Using First-Person Unless . . .
http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/2012/02/dont-even-think-about-using-first.html

100 Words for Facial Expressions

100 Words for Facial Expressions

Want to Self-Publish a Rhyming Children’s Book? Read This First

Want to Self-Publish a Rhyming Children’s Book? Read This First

4 Realities New Writers Need to Face

4 Realities New Writers Need to Face

Writing a Book – To Traditionally Publish or To Self-Publish

Writing a Book – To Publish Traditionally or Self-Publish