Monday, June 22, 2020




JUNE 25 - 26, 2020


THE WRITING MAGIC WRITING RETREAT sponsored by CALLIE-METLER SMITH IS ABOUT Strengthening writing skills, clarity7 on writing goals, and inspiration for your writing passion.

Please join me on June 25, 2020 at 2:00 EST. for my presentation of "BEYOND THE FAIRYTALE."   



I've assembled some of my favorite and informative people (Melissa Stoller, Lynne Marie, Gayle C. Krause, Alayne Christian, Vivian Kirkfield, Stephanie Hansen, Doris Imahiyerobo, and Mira Reisberg) in the Kid Lit community to do just that!

8 experts over 2 days will teach you about bringing diversity to your books, how to find ideas in your own world, and how to write marketable ideas, among many other things.


Everything you need to know about the Writing Magic Virtual Retreat!


The Writing Magic Virtual Retreat will run from June 25th-26th with a variety of presentations to choose from each day.


I don't know about you, but I prefer to leave my house as little as possible. With that being said, you can tune into the retreat from anywhere with Internet access.


Presentations will be 45 minutes in length. The presentations and all other elements of the retreat will be available through August 31st to encourage you to stop waiting for the right time and take action along with hundreds of other writers.


You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group for the retreat where we’ll be partying it up before the retreat starts and working together to write great books once it kicks off.



It is Time to Join Us

Buy Your Ticket to Enjoy two packed full days of Fun, Kid Literature, and Writing Magic!

Friday, June 5, 2020



You’ve all heard of braided breads and French braided hair, but did you know stories need to be braided, too?

Braided stories should have three storylines, as each section of tresses in a plait. Writers who plod along on one story throughout the entire manuscript run the risk of writing a boring story. Readers need some unexpected happenings and this can be done a little at a time by incorporating three minor storylines into one larger manuscript.

You fold in layer by layer as the story progresses telling three smaller stories to keep the reader from losing interest. The reader likes to figure out plotlines before they actually get to the words that reveal them.  What makes that practice interesting is the twist that overlaps storylines to surprise the reader.
How to braid your stories:

·  Divide your story into threes
·  Write each one separately 
·  Incorporate in story.

Some writers do this instinctively. Braiding makes your stories come alive. It connects the reader to your characters. Let’s look at some examples of braiding.

#1 Harry Potter

Braid A – orphan boy neglected by his aunt and uncle. (family relationships)
Braid B – attends a secret wizard school (school relationships)
Braid C - discovers he is the nemesis if a most evil wizard (good vs. evil)

#2 Twilight

Braid A – teen-age girl is the mediator between divorced parents and moves in with her father on the other side of the country (family relationships)
Braid B – attends a new school, where she becomes mesmerized by a strange boy (school relationships)
Braid C – makes friends with the son of her father’s friend, complicating her relationship in Braid B

#3 Daddy, Can You See The Moon?

Braid A –  boy and his soldier dad concoct a way for them to share a special moment each night while his father is deployed.  (love between father and son)

Braid B – boy discovers his mother crying and finds out his dad was wounded in battle and helps him with his therapy. (family dynamics)

Braid C – boy grows up to be a soldier too. (role reversal)

So get your story threads separated, start at the top and overlap until you come to the end. Secure with a climax and satisfying end.

Comment below with braids of your favorite stories, be they picture book or novels and at the end of next week one lucky commenter will be selected to receive a copy of Daddy, Can You See The Moon?

Energized to Write for the New Year

 So happy to be attending the SCBWI National Conference this week. My peer critiques went well two nights ago, and energized me to see the p...