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Practical Prompt 8-13-2018

Enthusiasm for your latest writing project is a necessary ingredient to seeing it through to publication. Spend the coming days identifying all the things you love about your story. What makes it unique? What makes it compelling? If the story is special to you, it will be special to readers, as well.

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-23-18

What author or story inspired you to write for children instead of for adults?

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-17-18

What’s been your favorite summer read?

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-9-18

Which is harder for you? Flushing out the details of a scene, or coming up with pithy narrative summary?

Practical Prompt 7-2-18

Often, writers struggle with¬†telling readers how their characters feel, rather than letting them experience their joys, sorrows, frustrations and triumphs. To see whether you’re telling instead of showing, search your manuscript for typical “telling” words, such as¬†“feel,” “think,” or “realized.”

Re-read the word in context to decide if you’re telling the reader or showing them. If you’re telling, rewrite it so the reader experiences the emotion. To learn more, check out Janice Hardy’s book, Understanding Show Don’t Tell (and Really Getting It).