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EMOTIONS JOURNAL

by Christine Kohler

When I switched from writing non-fiction to novels, I hit a snag when trying to create emotions for my characters. I realized that I had walled up many of my own emotions in order to be able to deal with difficult people and situations on an intellectual level instead. So, eight  Read More 

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WRITING AUTHENTIC ANIMALS IN FICTION

Author Christine Kohler with her shelter dog, mixed schnauzer Abby.

By Christine Kohler

In playwriting class my professor advised to never put animals or children in your plays because they are unpredictable. However, in middle grade and young adult novels, animals not only often star in the stories, but may even increase sales. One of my favorites in realistic fiction is MG novel BECAUSE  Read More 

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