How to Write Children’s Picture Books: You Don’t Know Everything (Part 2)

A Writer's Path

by Yvonne Blackwood

After much thought and utilizing the idea generation suggestion in my previous article, you have decided on a fabulous idea. You are going to write a children’s story about Ronnie Rabbit, and he is going to be anthropomorphic. Although you have seen rabbits in the backyard and at the petting zoo, you really do not know much about them, except that the meat is eaten because you have seen it at the meat market. How are you going to write a convincing story about a rabbit without appearing stupid and uninformed? You must research diligently.

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How to Write Children’s Picture Books: Where Do Ideas Come From? (Part 1)

A Writer's Path

by Yvonne Blackwood

You’ve probably heard Christopher Hitchens’ quote many times, “Everyone has a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” You have searched the recesses of your mind and concluded that this quote does not apply to you; you have a book in you and it must be written. The idea is frustrating you because it’s a children’s story and you have no clue where to begin.

Fear not! You have come to the right blog.

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Stories That Change The World #37 – THIS IS MY BODY by Caitlin J. Stout


Stories have the power to change the world … they inspire us, teach us, connect us. This is the thirty-seventh installment in the “Stories That Change The World” series.


Caitlin J. Stout is an out and proud gay Christian, doing her best to navigate faith and friendship while attending a non-affirming evangelical university.  She has her own blog where she writes about the joy, pain, anger, and beauty of being #FaithfullyLGBT. Caitlin originally posted this piece on her own blog. I am sharing it here with her permission. I love the way she lays her heart open and shares so transparently. She doesn’t have all the answers but she gives us a lot to think about and reflect on. Her stories are powerful because they are real and true. Her stories are changing hearts and minds. Her stories are changing the world.

THIS IS MY BODY by Caitlin J. Stout

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MLMM Wordle 177 – Ingenue

The Bag Lady

Chaste, I despise that word. Here I am, a slightly self possessed woman of sixteen and all my parents advise is, “Remain chaste.” I may only be sixteen, but I don’t like being in the conventional position of most women my age, sitting with a dowry just waiting for my prince to come.

I want to devour life, lie naked in a field of sprouting white sweet clover,exhaust myself in pagan pleasures, see more of the world. I want to travel to see what the world has to offer. I want to be fawned over by lots of eager young men, ready to animate me into submissions of delight.

I want to live life to the fullest!

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