How to Get the Best from Item Writers

Many years ago, I was a development manager at a Great Big Huge Test Publishing Company. I’ve already told the story of how I began as a temp employee in hand-scoring, as so many recruits to the test publishing industry do. Armed with my book-learnin’ and a new but hardly marketable M.A. in English, emphasis […]

If It’s Broke

At Children’s Book Insider, Laura Backes offers common problems in stories for children, which are common problems in all narrative writing (thin plot, bad plot, flat characters, and bland, obnoxious, or otherwise unappealing voice), and concludes with a reminder about the importance of a solid command of mechanics: When submitting to an editor, grammatical errors […]

If, Then

If you’re always dreamed of writing a novel, National Novel Writing Month is coming up. More here.If you’re ever made a mistake, you might want to exploit it exorcise it work through it and let it go by writing about it for a contest. More here.If you need deadlines to inspire you to write, there are plenty […]