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)

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

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

Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops

I’ve never liked serving my books—making them, yes, serving them, no. I was so afraid I’d ram my book down another dinosaur’s throat and make them choke (I’ve had too many other Authorosauruses do that to me). Joanna Pentaceratops (aka Joanna Penn in the human world) showed me how to serve (aka market) my book … Continue reading Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops