The Best Craft Book Ever #IWSG #AMWRITING

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here

This hosts for August 4 are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!


This quote made me chuckle. How many times have you found yourself stressing about a page? You start writing and you stop? You stare? You can’t make your brain stop thinking enough to start writing. That’s what this quote means to me. In any case, I do have a resource I go to when I’m stumped. One basic resource.

The August 4 question asks: “What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole. Hands-down. WOW! Mary rocks!

I’m a graphic designer and it’s one of the better purposeful, fun to stare at books.The presentation is beautiful. Especially for readers like me who need to break up words with scribble designs and fun text. It all fits.

What I loved? What’s not to love. I learned everything. From teaching the steps on how to craft a story line, analyze the genre for competition, teaching the balance in action and introspecting, and the character building exercises and examples are astounding! I can’t stop raving about this book. Are you into young adult? Middle Grade? If you haven’t read the book you’ve got to get it.

How about you? Writing Young Adult? What’s your best go-to resource?

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on August 4, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I don’t write kidlit, but I bet I’d find something useful in that book.

  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    I have it on my TBR!

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Being Busy vs Being Productive

  3. I’ve never heard of that book. You make me want to find it! I love #IWSG. It is so much fun to catch up with efriends I don’t see otherwise. Hope all goes well for you!

  4. I haven’t read Mary’s book, but you’ve gotten me really wanting to read it.

  5. I haven’t got that one. Time to shop! hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  6. I don’t write for kids, but writing is writing. A story is a story no matter the age of the intended audience. I want to try the book you recommend. I’m sure I’ll find something useful in it.

    • I think you will. It also uses plenty of examples from all sorts of published books. I actually started reading some the books because I liked the examples so much 🙂

  7. I know a lot of authors I can recommend it to.

  8. That meme by Ruth Rendell made me laugh:)
    Wishing you a great reading/writing day.

  9. Though I have no ideas that’d be appropriate for kids to read, the book seems like it’d be a good resource if I ever try!

  10. Steven Arellano Rose

    I’ve written young adult fiction a couple of times but they were both short stories. I never even read a book on writing YA; I normally just tone down what I would in other cases write for an adult audience and I make the protagonist in her/his teens, of course. But I’m sure I can learn a lot of useful tips from a book like the one you’re describing.

  11. Nice quote from Ruth Rendell, and that review of WRITING IRRESISTABLE KIDLIT is stunning! Did you post it on Amazon as well? I don’t write kidlit, but I will send this on to a few friends who do. Enjoy the rest of summer — write on!

  12. This is a book I can recommend to a bunch of my kidlit author friends.

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