Storytelling According to Pixar Part 4: Creating Formidable Villains for Children Without Making Them Scary

This is the fourth installment in 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 4: Creating Formidable Villains for Children Without Making Them Scary

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

The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Have you ever had writer’s block? Well, that’s a stupid question, of course you have! Every writer has encountered the block at some point and the ones that haven’t are either utter geniuses or incorrigible liars. Having battled the block myself, I thought I’d share my battle strategies with you. They are practically foolproof (don’t … Continue reading The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

You remember how last month I was celebrating my boss lady’s completion of her book? Yeah, you guessed it, the completion wasn’t so complete—I can hear you mentally laughing, so stop it. The only person who’s allowed to laugh at her fickleness is me. So I’ll laugh for you. Ha ha ha. What happened was … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Most people watch movies. I don’t watch movies; I ingest them, then my boss lady dissects them until there’s nothing left but a jumbled mess of arcs, themes, plot holes, and characters who should’ve been fleshed out more. It can be a little gruesome at times, but overall it’s an educating experience. Our most recent … Continue reading 5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

Do you like flying on airplanes? I don’t. The heights make my stomach churn and my skin turn greener. The worst part is that ominous feeling of going bankrupt because I know that every extra sentence I pack is going to cost me ten bookmarks (that’s like ten dollars in human terms). You humans may … Continue reading 3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing