Writing Craft

How music can improve your writing and deepen your children’s story
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Do you listen to music while you write? I absolutely cannot write, read, work, think, basically live my life in silence; I’m one of those people that turns the TV…

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Book in the Spotlight: All the Tides of Fate
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy adventure…

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Writing prompt lucky dip #2
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In the last post I introduced my middle grade and YA writing lucky dip, where I offer up four ingredients for you to mix up in your cauldron and turn…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Game Weavers
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The following was originally published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Dystopian fantasy Authors…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Winter Duke
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Read…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Midnight Lie
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Authors…

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Book in the Spotlight: All the Stars and Teeth
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA…

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Study people like you’re about to play them on TV
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I’m not really one of those ‘people watchers’ you find sitting in café windows or on park benches, glancing around as the world goes by, trying to figure out everyone’s…

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A Monday in the life of a kidlit editor, writer & reader #1
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This series is my contribution to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed…

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Book in the Spotlight: Diana and the Island of No Return
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: Middle Grade…

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