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Three Wonderful Picture Books About Relationships

Well, it’s the holiday season, one of the most magical times of the year. My magic props have been packed away for the past month or so, meaning I haven’t spent much time practicing. That’s okay though. To me the holidays are a wonderful time to connect (or reconnect) with family and friends....

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It's All About The Little Things

It’s the holiday season, and the hustle and bustle of shopping and preparing for the festivities is in full swing. With just a few days until the new year, I can’t help but look back on the year and be grateful for all the memorable events and magical moments, both big and small. With that in...

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It's Time for Rhyme: Finding Humour Through Picture Book Verse

It's a brand new year, friends, and many of us might be looking at our writing goals for 2019. Mine is improving my rhyming skills, with a view to sharpening the humour in my picture book manuscripts. Before you all gasp in horror, I am aware of the common wisdom that editors are wary of...

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Pssst…Here’s Two Magical Reasons to Give Your Characters a Secret

Inevitably, after I perform a magic trick for someone, the age-old question comes up: “How did you do that?” I usually just smile and fall back on my time-tested answer: “Magic.” This might sound strange, but there’s something about that particular answer that actually pulls people in closer. The...

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Kicking the Winter Blues with Love and Emotion

This winter has been an usually cold and wet one in Los Angeles. For me, the unexpected rains and cooler temperatures are a welcome change, our Earth definitely needs all the replenishment it needs after the scorching summer heat. But I also find myself with the winter blues, cooped up inside...

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What Happens When You Put Your Characters in Extreme Danger?

Life? Or Death? There is no more compelling scenario in magic then one in which a magician’s failure could lead to harm or certain death. The escape artist, handcuffed and chained before being lowered into a tank of water, must find her way out or risk drowning. The infamous bullet catch has...

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Four Books with Character, Part 1

Most well-known magic artists aren’t famous because of the tricks they perform, but because of the personality of the magicians themselves. Magicians like Daryl, Don Alan, and Johnny Thompson found their fame by portraying themselves as someone audiences could relate to, enjoy spending time with,...

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It's All About Writing Resources - Part 1

There are many inspiring and helpful books about writing and creativity that may be useful as you continue along your children’s book writing path. Here are five that I recommend: BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR, by Elizabeth Gilbert Read this book to be inspired to live your best...

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Three Essential Ingredients for Great Mysteries

Magic tricks, when done well, tend to be structured in a way that will be familiar to writers. They usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Take a simple coin vanish. The magician borrows a coin from a spectator (beginning), makes it disappear (middle), and then, when it seems the coin is...

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It's All About Critique Groups - Part 2

Last month, I wrote about organizing and conducting a writing critique group, providing critiques, and accepting critiques. You can find that post here. Today’s post includes tips for sustaining a critique group, and what to do when it’s time to move on. Again, I’m shouting out to all my...

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