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How to Write the First Page of Your Novel

There are no set rules for an opening line of a novel. Nearly anything goes—be it description, dialogue, or a statement of philosophical truth. But that flexibility does not apply to the first page of your novel. All good novels contain several essential elements that immerse the reader in the story world and keep them […]

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How to Give a Terrific First Impression as an Author

“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” No one knows who first voiced that statement, but the logic of it has endured. A bad impression may be mended over time, and a good impression may turn out false. But you only have one chance to make that first impression on […]

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How Do You Get Published as a Young Writer? Interview and Giveaway with Author Amanda Davis

Today we have the privilege of interviewing Amanda Davis, author of the award-winning Cantral Chronicles. If you haven’t heard of her before, you may have heard of her father, Bryan Davis, author of the best-selling Dragons in our Midst series. I (Josiah) read Amanda’s first two books while in high school and loved their character depth and suspenseful […]

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Character Types: The Herald

“Aren’t these videos supposed to be posted on the 1st of this month?” you ask. “Isn’t this rather late for the next Character Types video to go up?” It’s a good question. And one that we’re going to be mum on. Anyways. In the last video in this series, Daniel vowed that he wasn’t going […]

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Character Types: The Henchman

We had a great plan for this video: Anna and Daniel were going to shoot the video themselves and leave Josiah right out of the picture. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view of things), it didn’t work as intended. To be honest, the video was a bit of a disaster. Daniel and Anna blame […]

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Kingdom Cinema Q&A

You had questions. Now we have answers. Well, we mostly have answers. A couple answers may have gone far afield of the original question. And Daniel may or may not have snuck a couple additional questions in because he was dissatisfied with our original question slate. Either way, for those of you who wanted to see […]

Short Stories

The Girl on the Island

The Girl on the Island

A young girl stood on a beach, watching the water lick at and swirl around her bare feet. But instead of glimpsing her obscured reflection in the undulating ripples, she beheld visions of sorrows she had experienced and outcomes she wished had been different. The sea foam receded as her thoughts deepened, and she didn’t […]

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For the Sake of Her Crumble

The world was ripe for exploitation. Limitless opportunities to profit from, secrets to uncover and sell, systems to squeeze the lifeblood from and ultimately destroy. Infinite wealth practically begged to be carried off from less worthy masters and put to more practical uses, and Bertram Cadwell intended to take full advantage of that. Just not […]

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Book Reviews

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KP Book Review: Little Women

“Write a book for girls,” Louisa May Alcott’s publisher once told her. By writing what she knew and basing the story off her family, Alcott managed to create something amazing. Generations later, through the book, multiple movie adaptations, and even a musical, the four heroines still live on and are beloved by all who read […]

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KP Book Review: Creating Character Arcs

Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development by K.M. Weiland Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. According to Writer’s Digest, K.M. Weiland runs one of the top one hundred writing sites, and she spends a lot of time on […]

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