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Maureen Kauzlarich

Children's Author

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Writing While On Vacation

 
Simple tips on how to make the most out of your writing and vacation time.
 
 
  • Set aside time to write
When everyone is enjoying some solitary activities or just relaxing by the pool, it’s a great time to have a guilt-free writing session. Make sure to add alone time to …

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Reasons to Start a Writing Blog

Image by DarkmoonArt_de from Pixabay 

These days, many people write blogs. As an aspiring writer, it’s important to know the reasons starting a writing blog may be in your best interest. Here are some of the reasons you should start a blog and how it can impact your writing journey.

 

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When to End a Writing Session

Image by José Manuel de Laá from Pixabay 

Getting into the flow of writing was hard enough but stopping the flow at a good spot is something that writers seldom consider. When is a suitable time to end your writing sessions? Let us take a look at our options.

 

Stopping in the mi…

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Writing Around the Holidays

November and December are the toughest months to write. So many holidays plus the end of the year sluggishness. Don’t forget all the food taking up your attention. This blog post will delve into how to make it more manageable, what you can do when you really want to finish something, and how to not …

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The Similarities Between Writing and Running

The similarities between writing and running are interesting to dissect. How could two different activities have so much alike? Physically, they don't. Mentally, they do. Let's cut open this frog.


 

Mind over matter
 

Anybody who has ever run for the first time or for a longer dist…

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How to Overcome Writing Fears

Writing fears can range from fear of failure to fear of success and something else in between. Fear stops us from accomplishing a lot of things in life, but when it affects your writing there are ways to combat fear. Here are some of the top fears writers have and the steps to overcome them.

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(Not So) Negative Space in Writing

What is negative space and why should you care? Artists who draw know this as the space on the page that you don’t use (or so the viewer may think). It is the background around the subject. For writers, negative space is the words on the page that you don't say. Writing in the negative space can…

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Get Into Your Character's Head

Ever wonder how to write true-to-life characters packed with authenticity? Finding out what makes them tick is one way but getting in their head will give you all the details. Here are some suggestions:

 

Play Pretend

What are your characters’ likes, hobbies, favorite foods, or clothes…

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Finding the Passion to Write

Oh, where did that passion go? The one that got you started on writing in the first place. It could be ruminating in a glass of self-doubt or lost in the jaws of busy schedules. Wherever it is, here’s how to find it and get it back into your writer’s life.


 

The Writer’s Life


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Avoid These Six Writing Goals

There are many goals on the path to a finished story. Goals that help with writing more often . . . or not. It may sound absurd, but some goals can stop you from achieving progress. These are the goals that make you want to stop writing altogether and, for certain types of writers, should be avo…

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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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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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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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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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