Guided Meditation for Characterization

This is the script for a meditation on your characters. Start by finding a comfortable spot to sit. It doesn’t matter where you are or if you’re sitting straight up or slouching. All that matters if that you are comfortable. Begin with a few deep breaths in and out. Be sure to breathe in through your nose and out through you mouth.

Genre vrs Audience in KidLit

I could say this with a single sentence but I plan to go on a tangent. Young Adult and Middle Grade are not genres of children’s literature.

But they have their own sections at the bookstore.

No kidding. Kids have their own sections at the department store too, but it’s not meant to do anything other than dictate what sizes the pants are.

How to Twist Your Genre Expectations

A good writer will tell you that the labels have shifted and blurred and it’s hard to tell which one best describes the work most succinctly. But it is the blurring and blending of these genres that creates new, interesting work. Despite there only being two, or seven, or thirty-six fundamental plots, we as writers, can still satisfy the need for something new with the combinations of ideas and strong emotional cores for our characters.

The Art of Making Mood Boards for Your KidLit WIP

A mood board is a type of visual presentation or ‘collage’ consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. It can be based on a set topic or can be any material chosen at random. A mood board can be used to convey a general idea or feeling about a particular topic.

Mind Mapping

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