Who’s on First: How to Write First, Second, and Third Person POV

When it comes to writing a narrative, perspective plays a big role. It may not be something readers particularly notice---in fact, if done well, readers won't notice at all!---but point of view changes the experience of a story. Reading a book that looks at all of the characters from afar is different from reading a … Continue reading Who’s on First: How to Write First, Second, and Third Person POV

“Apparently, all we have is vegetables”: Elf and Children’s Book Publishing

It's no exaggeration to say that Elf is one of the most successful films of the 2000s, and one of very few attempts at a modern Christmas classic that's actually taken hold. Quotations like "Smiling's my favorite" and "Son of a nutcracker!" are all but common vernacular. I would be lying if I said Elf wasn't one … Continue reading “Apparently, all we have is vegetables”: Elf and Children’s Book Publishing

NaNoWriMo: Get Motivated, Get Hyped, Get Writing!

Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight, the race to 50,000 words begins, writers! Getting nervous? Excited? I've put together a Survival Kit, music recommendations, and some helpful blog posts for NaNoWriMo inspiration and motivation, so check it out! My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit Laptop Flash drive, because work has to be backed up in at least one place! … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Get Motivated, Get Hyped, Get Writing!

“I am in the Book Business”: You’ve Got Mail and Publishing

"You've got mail." - AOL e-mail greeting Fall means a number of things. Back-to-school shopping. Trading shorts for leggings and flip-flops for boots. And if you're in the book business, walking through the city with The Cranberries' "Dreams" stuck in your head. The 1998 film You've Got Mail was way ahead of its time. From predicting the … Continue reading “I am in the Book Business”: You’ve Got Mail and Publishing