Category Archives: writing

Interviewer with Author & Publisher Alfred Martino

I am thrilled to welcome Alfred Martino to the blog today! Alfred’s debut novel, Pinned, was published in 2005 and was chosen as a Jr. Library Guild Selection, Capitol Choices nominee, and nominee for YALSA’s Best Book For Young Adults. … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Karen Smith

Inherited Habits:  Know When to Honor Thy Father and Mother  by Karen Smith We all derive some of our personality from our parents, and some of it from rebelling against them. It’s a healthy, dialectical process: we get to choose … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Mariana Ashley

Writing about writing:  The importance of a writing journal  by Mariana Ashley At one point I wrote so much I felt as though I was going crazy. On top of my freelance writing duties, I try to write a little … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Alvina Lopez

Tips on Becoming a Successful Writer by Alvina Lopez At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a writer. While other kids in school spoke of studying to become doctors, teachers, and policemen, I somehow knew my life … Continue reading

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Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Writing Career: Be Grateful

I often receive emails from young writers asking for advice and help in various aspects of their writing, and I am always delighted to help in any way I can. To be a writer is to be a part of … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Be Inspired

I subscribe to a daily email newsletter called “One Minute Motivator” by Edward W. Smith. Each day, Smith sends out a brief email with something to consider for the day and to get you motivated. I’d highly recommend signing up … Continue reading

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Publication Opportunities for Young Writers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a list of possible opportunities for young writers to get published. Here is a brief list of some of my favorite literary journals/websites that actively look to publish the work of kids and … Continue reading

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Interview with James Garcia, Jr.

I am so delighted to have James Garcia, Jr. as a guest on my blog today! James was born in the Central California town of Hanford. He moved up the road to Kingsburg with his family as a child. After … Continue reading

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Where Elizabeth Berg Finds Inspiration

I just finished reading Elizabeth Berg’s captivating collection of short stories, Ordinary Life. I was drawn in immediately her portrayals of everyday men and women, struggling with the ups and downs of ordinary living and loving. The Boston Globe raved, … Continue reading

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A Boost of Motivation for the January Slump

It’s now a couple weeks into the new year. Is your motivation lagging? Are your goals and dreams getting eaten up by the daily grind and busyness of your everyday life? Sometimes all it takes is a little boost of … Continue reading

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