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Does your character seem flat?

Think of your favorite books.  What makes those books so memorable to you? I’ll bet it’s the characters.

Select the main character from one of your favorite books and answer the following.  Even if the author doesn’t mention these specifics in the book, if the character is well-written, you should be able to guess at the answers:

  1. If the character had free time on their hands, what would they most likely be doing?
  2. If confronted by a bully, how would this character react?
  3. What is this character’s favorite subject in school? Favorite band? Favorite TV show? Best friend?

How did you find the information listed above?  Was it written into the story? Or maybe, the character’s traits, personality and unique quirks were so specific, you could make your own conclusions. This is a well-written character. 

So, when you’re writing your own short stories or novels, how do you create memorable, realistic characters? In a first draft, your characters may seem lifeless and flat.  Not sure?  Test it out:

First, give your story to someone else to read. Then, give them the list of questions above and see if they can come up with the correct answers. If they’re stuck, so are you. Your character needs more life, more details to flesh him out.

Come back all this week to get tips on “fleshing out” your characters.  Already have tips that would help others? Share them here!


July 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm 4 comments

Do you want to write a Book?

VioletRaines-coverStop on over at Writers Inspired today and read the advice from author, Danette Haworth (Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening) and especially what she says to young authors !

And she’s looking forward to talking to you! Be sure to leave a comment or question and Danette will reply to you! (Comments can be posted on Writers Inspired, at the end of the interview.)

May 26, 2009 at 12:10 am

Call for Editors!


Have you ever wondered what a day-in-the-life of an editor would be like?

Now’s your chance!  By becoming a member of Capitol City Young Writers, you have the opportunity to apply for one of the editor positions of our new literary journal. 

A literary journal brings together the finest writings of a specific group or organization, in a number of different styles and genres. Journals tend to focus on central themes, with a variety of expressions that describe, illustrate or portray that theme. They represent the sharpest writing and thinking related to particular subjects or themes, while allowing plenty of space for the voices and perspectives of individual contributors.


Senior members (ages 12-18) of Capitol City Young Writers will have the opportunity, each year, to apply for one of the editor positions listed below. Young editors will have the opportunity to learn how to run a literary journal, develop the skills that are necessary to act as an editor and learn how to work as a team on a collaborative project.  For those editors who are active writers, the process of reviewing submissions and determining which stories are publishable will provide invaluable insight and experience into the art and craft of writing.  Learning what doesn’t work is just as important as discovering what does work.  The creation of the youth run literary journal allows the overseeing staff the opportunity to actively show the importance of editing and revision to its members.  We will allow youth editors the opportunity to reconsider a story after revisions are made.   


Students will meet and work through a variety of methods through the use of technology and the internet.  Geographical location will not make a difference to those applying. 

Regular training meetings will take place to mentor the youth editors through the process monthly, and at times, weekly as the final stages of the journal near. 


These positions require time, dedication and the desire to read. Read more details on the positions available, how to apply and a sample outline of the work involved before submitting an application:

Capitol City Young Writers Literary Journal

Applications due by May 1, 2009

March 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

Get published here!

Posted by AmazingKids!

Are you a budding writer or artist? Do you want your stories or pictures to be posted in the Amazing Kids! eZine? Send your submissions, written for our readers ages 8-12, to
We accept the following:

Fiction Stories
Pictures/Drawings/Paintings/Digital Art/Photography
Non-fiction articles, including photo journal essays about your trips to distant (and not-so-distant) lands
Yummy recipes
Reviews (Book, movie, music and travel)

Who knows? Maybe you’ll be one of the next writers featured in the Amazing Kids! eZine.

We’re excited about our Marvelous Music Spring issue (coming out soon!) and our Summer issue: THINK BIG! If you’d like to write about the biggest, tallest, and fastest in the world, then send your stories,
poems, and art our way!

You can scan your pictures in, and we’ll accept digital art, as well! Don’t be discouraged if you’re not Michaelangelo! We like to see pictures that represent artists of every age, and recognize that each
picture has it’s own beauty! Our Art Editor, Ioana, is a Romanian amazing kid and artist who has won many awards for her beautiful paintings. The articles and pictures we like best are kid-friendly ones!

March 19, 2009 at 1:18 am

Qustion of the Week

How do you write a cover letter and why do you use one?   quizzical-student-confused-106534

A cover letter is the letter you address to the editor and include with your  story, article, essay, or poem when you are mailing or emailing it for publication.  Your article, story, etc is your “submission” and the cover letter is included to introduce yourself and your work to the editor.

Use this template when submitting your story to an editor:

Editor Name

Market Name

Address Street

Address City, State  Zip

RE:  “Title of your story”

Dear “Editor”:  (make sure you have the correct spelling of the correct editor)

{First paragraph is where you compliment the editor on their magazine and tell them specifically what you like. If you haven’t read the magazine, don’t send your submission – do your homework first!}

I have been reading “Name of Magazine or Journal” for “number of years of months” and I especially enjoy(ed) (name a section you like to read or a particular story or article. Use the name of the story and the author.)

{Second paragraph: tell the title of your story and maybe a sentence or two on what it’s about. Tell the editor why you believe it should be published in their magazine!}

Attached is my story “title” for your consideration.  I think it would be a great fit for “Name of Magazine” or “Journal” because “give reason it is the perfect story for this magazine and its readers!)

{Final paragraph is your closing. Remember to be POLITE and PROFESSIONAL}

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.


{Make sure to sign your full name and a way for the editor to reach you!}

“Your Name”

“your email”

“your home address”

**NEVER give out your social security number unless you receive a contract and then have your parents look it over first!

March 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

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