1.  Don’t set yourself a writing routine or stick to it. 2.  Always make sure that doing your writing is at the bottom of your list of priorities, and even when you are writing, if something else you have to do that day springs to mind, then go and do …

Let’s face it: some kids just don’t like to read. Increasingly, parents, teachers, librarians, and editors are looking for books that will appeal to reluctant readers. When I was writing The Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read (Random House), I read hundreds of children’s books, old …

One common element whenever human beings gather is the need to talk and share experiences. Often that need turns into something a little more fun, a little more dangerous — gossip. Gossip is often fun but it can also be dangerous because it spreads quickly (because it is fun) and …

1.  Don’t set yourself a writing routine or stick to it. 2.  Always make sure that doing your writing is at the bottom of your list of priorities, and even when you are writing, if something else you have to do that day springs to mind, then go and do …

Research is the key word when thinking of writing non-fiction for children.  It’s very important to your subject because children are smart enough to know when you are fudging the truth.  Make sure you have all your facts in place when ready to start writing. Check facts with experts; for …