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READ LIKE A WRITER, a teaching blog

FILLING HOLES IN THE CANON OF CHILDREN’S LIT

By Christine Kohler

I’ve always written to holes I see in children’s literature. I got into writing children’s lit in the early 1980s by writing what I could not find to buy for my own children—Christian contemporary “social problem” fiction with multi-racial casts. I sold the Growing Up Christian series  Read More 

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DIALOGUE TAGS THAT DON'T DISTRACT

By Christine Kohler

Have you been eating and a pesky fly won’t leave you alone? All I can think of is how that fly used to be a maggot. Dialogue tags can be like that, distracting to the point where you just want to throw your meal away. I have also put books  Read More 

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STARGAZER OR NAVEL-GAZER?

photo by Pixabay.com

By Christine Kohler

This article originally appeared on the (ICL) Institute of Children’s website.

Is your main character a stargazer or navel-gazer? Does your protagonist observe the world around him using his five senses? Or does she mutter inwardly to herself, totally self-absorbed? If your character is  Read More 

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5 Ways to Move a Story Forward in Time

By Christine Kohler

Think of a story as a train. It has a beginning, stops it needs to make, and a destination. And it has a timetable at which to reach each whistlestop and the final destination. You are the conductor who holds the stopwatch.

"Literature is… tied to time in a way the  Read More 

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THANKFUL FOR YEAR OF THE BOOK

By Christine Kohler

Wow! What a wild year 2014 has been. Last December Merit Press (Adams Media/ F+W Media) released the e-book of NO SURRENDER SOLDIER. January 2014 launched the hardback. I want to take this time at Thanksgiving to recap all the wonderful things that have  Read More 

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11 TIPS ON WRITING AUTHENTIC DIALECT

By Christine Kohler

I have lectured on voice, dialect, and using foreign language within English-language texts. In many cases it is difficult to separate the three, especially in a novel liike NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (Merit Press, 2014) which is set on a Pacific island and all the characters are POC (non-white). However, for the sake  Read More 

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KISS A PRESS RELEASE

By Christine Kohler

I am surprised by the number of authors who are baffled how to write a press release. But that’s really not fair of me, considering I have a journalism degree, worked as a reporter and editor, and did public relations for several years while in graduate school. That’s also  Read More 
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BIBA! CELEBRATING GUAM'S 70TH LIBERATION DAY

Since the publication of my YA novel NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (January 2014, Merit Press) people ask where I got the idea for this historical story set on Guam about the after-effects of war on families for generations. In honor of the 70th anniversary celebrating the U.S. marines' liberation of Guam during WWII from the  Read More 

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NEWS INSPIRED AUTHOR TO WRITE A PARANORMAL NOVEL ABOUT BONNIE & CLYDE

by Kym Brunner

One of the questions most asked of writers is: Where do you get your ideas?

Besides just being lucky to have a deliciously fertile (read: weird) imagination, I often get ideas for new books by seeing something on TV or in the news that  Read More 

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THE WRITING LIFE BLOG HOP

Christine Kohler discusses her writing life, including what she is working on now.

Suzanne Kamata, an American author and teacher in Japan invited me to a blog hop about the writing life. Suzanne has guest blogged before in this Read Like A Writer blog about food in  Read More 

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