Month: February 2017

Kingdom Pen is Hiring!

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a superhero? If so, then look no further, because Kingdom Pen is seeking additional writing team interns and a web developer to help with various site functions. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to apply. Don’t be intimidated by the application or those infamous “other people applying”! Descriptions of the positions and links to the application forms are listed below. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. That gives you just over a week to complete and submit your application. Skype interviews may be scheduled as needed. All...

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Three Ways Gender Differences Should Impact Your Story’s Character Arc

A character arc is the process by which your protagonist grows and changes over the course of a novel, and thus it is the foundation for building your novel’s theme. Many writers have already expounded on how you should weave a character arc throughout a novel. But one aspect of character arcs that seems to be neglected is how a character’s gender impacts his character arc. In real life, men and women sometimes change in similar ways, but often they don’t, and this should be reflected in storytelling. I realize that this statement contradicts the vibe of our culture, which seeks...

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KP Critiques – 36

Welcome to the 36th edition of KP Critiques! May others be inspired by your bravery, Lady Kate. Even the most skilled wordsmiths shudder at the sight of an editor’s dagger, but it’s a necessary training procedure. Although you may emerge with blood splatters on your hands, your sword will be sharpened and your story will wield more impact. I issue a challenge to all the squires in the audience. I beseech you to don the armor of a knight and come forward. Dost thou hear the trumpet sounding? Send us your novel excerpts! Now, onward to the analysis of...

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Five Overused Clichés about Family in Writing (and How to Avoid Them)

Name a Disney film. Name both of the hero’s parents. Not easy, right? Usually at least one of the parents is dead. Although Disney has other reasons for doing this, the main one is to develop sympathy in the audience for the hero. Sometimes it works. But it also comes at a price. People, especially young adults, are surrounded by family. Whether they want to be or not, they are stuck with their family and have to interact with them every day. Though some might not admit it, familial relationships are the strongest relationships anyone can possess. Why aren’t...

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A Wish Fulfilled

By Adora Istrate She wandered through her life With her nose in a book, Every event, every game, For those blessed pages forsook. She jumped in every puddle, Felt for every wardrobe’s back, Dreamed of her secret identity And armies come to attack. All the adventure in her stories Was what she so longed for, Maybe to have those thirteen dwarves Come knocking at her door. She wished to be a princess, She wished to be a fighter, Conquering every foe in the land Would be sure to delight her. Yet time flew by, and years passed, And no...

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