Character, Plot, and Setting, Oh My! (Part 1)

Developing the Elements of a Story, Part 1 I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Thomas’s Christmas Delivery or Little Bear’s New Friend.  My children never tired of hearing about Thomas’s and Little Bear’s adventures. Though as adults we may not read the same book as many times as our children reread their […]

Everybody Is Different: Varied Characters Make For Believable Characters

No two people are alike. For that matter, no two animals are alike either! One mark of a great story is believable characters, each with his or her own distinct personality and habits. Author Kaley Birchfield is only eleven years old. Her story, “A Home for Barney” (the featured story from our March/April 2014 issue), […]