Storytelling According to Pixar Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With

This is the third installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories; however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With

Productivity Tip #2: Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

Positive thinking is necessary if you ever hope to accomplish your goals*—whether your goal is something big like becoming a New York Times Bestselling author or something small like how many times you can use expletive construction without driving your editor insane. I know I’d never be able to eat half so many books or … Continue reading Productivity Tip #2: Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children

This is the second installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories; however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

This is the first installment of a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

Have you ever read a silly story? Wait, let me rephrase that: Have you ever written a silly story? One that’s so completely ridiculous it makes you question your sanity (as if an author’s sanity isn’t questionable anyway)? Has that craziness ever spilled onto several pages? I’m not just talking about those cringe-worthy stories you … Continue reading 4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I finished mine last Christmas when all the stuff was on sale—that way I can give my friends inexpensive expensive presents. The only problem is that it was so long ago that I can’t remember where I stashed the presents... I don’t know what to do—Christmas is only … Continue reading 6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

Don’t you just love bright, bold colors? You don’t? Well, then I pity your eyesight, because color is a necessary part of writing. Yes, you read that right—I said writing. A black and white sketch can be beautiful, but black and white writing is as bland as bread and water. And who wants to eat … Continue reading 4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences