Category Archives: middle grade

What Now? Moving Closer to Your Children’s Book Manuscript

Have you written today? Have you written for 7-15 days in a row? Well, congratulations. You are now on your way to completing a book. Now that you’ve got several days worth of unkempt verbiage, what do you do with it?  Well here are some ideas: Mine the gems. Look back through the last 15 [...]

Still Writing? 15 minutes a day, 15 days in a Row. Reap the editorial discounts

Remember to tweet the number of minutes that wrote each day (try to do at least 15) with the hash tag #tamsonwestonbooks2016, and I’ll give you a discount. In the meantime, here’s a quote from EB White to inspire you: Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than a whole one. Now you’ve [...]

2016 Writing Habit: Let’s Write Some Children’s Books!

This is my 3 day check in on your 15 day writing habit. How’s it going? Have you been writing? Are you still gearing up?  If nothing else, you should develop a habit out of this practice. If you find yourself needing a bit more help in making your daily quota, here are some resources: [...]

5 Things to Help Kill the Winter Blues and Write Children’s Books

Look at me! I’m writing! It’s been a good, solid, busy year, but I’ve been having pangs….nonblogging pangs.  Luckily, it’s about this time of year people start to resolve to stuff and commit to things. So I’m committing. And when my three-year-old post about the winter blues resurfaced, I figured it was time to get [...]

Why Setting Is Important

When properly handled, setting reveals not just where the characters are, but who they are.  What’s your home town? Where have you lived since? What if you’d never been to any of those places? What would you be and how would you think?  See that? The setting forms the character and the story. And yet, [...]