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Maureen Kauzlarich

Children's Author

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Six Strategies to Make Goals About Writing Enjoyable

As writers, we are always working toward a book (or other writing projects), but all we truly want is to get to the end. Here are some small ways to make the steps as enjoyable as the result:

 

Cheery Goal Lists

Instant feedback on our list of goals can release the good chemicals in ou…

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The Pros and Cons of Writing Multiple Books

 

When every idea is great, it's hard to stick to one writing project. This can be both a good and bad thing. A fresh idea surfaces and you abandon your WIP leaving many unfinished books behind. It could also be the opposite where you don't abandon the WIP at all and add on more work happily…

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Six Simple Word Count Goals

Writers can get absorbed with word count. Having a goal in mind pushes them to write every day and form good writing habits. There are many ways writers can go about their word count goals. Using a calendar or a clock are the two main items that help writers with their ambitions. Here are six simp…

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How Writing is like Homework

Oh, the days of homework. Remember those? If you're taking college courses, then this is a present problem (or non-problem?). Writing a book, a blog, an article, or anything that's published is a lot like doing homework. Here's a comparison between the two and how treating writing like homework can …

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Too Many Book Ideas

 

What to do with too many promising book ideas. “They’re all really great, I swear!” says the muse.

 

Keep a notebook of titles

When ideas spring out of the well that is your brain, use a notebook like a bucket to scoop them up. One way is to write a title down. Keep a list…

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Be a Mindful Writer

Mindfulness is a habit we can all learn. It means to be attentive about something on purpose. To be a mindful writer means to think about writing on purpose. For those that have a lot of other things going on in life, focusing on writing and finding the time to write is hard. Here are some ways …

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The M.I.D.D.L.E. in Middle-Grade Books

Middle-grade books are like sandwiches. Yes, that's what you read. All the ham, tomatoes, lettuce, and peanut butter in the middle of two pieces of bread (covers). The insides of a sandwich are the same as the interior of a book. It's layered with different fillings and given to many types of pe…

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Write a Short Story Before the Big Book

Writing a long book can be a daunting task. There are many ways to go about it including "pantsing" or writing as the ideas come to you. There's also being a "plotter" or someone who plans out every scene or chapter with an outline. These are the typical ways to write a novel, but there's also o…

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Why Graphic Novels Are Important

Kids are zombies. They zone in on televisions, computers, tablets, game consoles at home, in the car, even at school. They’re like fireflies to those screens. This is one of the many reasons why graphic novels are at utmost importance in children’s literature today. They bridge the gap between r…

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Why New Year's Resolutions for Writers Should Start Sooner

As writers our New Year’s resolutions are usually about writing: we want to write more words, write daily, or publish what we wrote. New Year’s resolutions of all kinds fall through a lot, but what if we started them sooner? As in, December instead of January 1st? Here’s why it’s better to start…

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The ABC's of Picture Book Writing

An A-Z list of what to think about when writing picture books. 

If ABC’s are considered the basics, then this list covers the basics of picture book writing. 

Analyze 

Break out those analytical goggles of yours and go over popular children’s books of all time and rec…

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