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Awesome Words for Dictionary Day

I love words and I enjoy lists. So, in honor of Dictionary Day, I thought I would make a list ...

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Book Spotlight: Haven of Dante

Book Spotlight on Haven of Dante It's time to shed a light on a new deserving title. This time, it's not ...

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Oldest Poem Ever Written - The Epic of Gilgamesh

In honor of National Poetry Month, I'd like to spotlight what is largely considered the oldest known poem ever written: ...

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Writing Tools - A list of Ten Essential Tools for Writers

In this top 10 list, I'm tackling tools that make life easier for the writer. These writing tools can be ...

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Children's Book Publishers Accepting Submissions

Publisher's Accepting Unsolicited Manuscript Submissions This is a list of children's book publishers that accept unsolicited manuscript submissions, or have at ...

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Distraction-Free Writing

Distraction-Free Writing I've noticed a big push lately toward writing free of distractions. I would guess that any writers out there ...

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Moonshine - A New Poem

Some of you may already know (I hope) that I recently published my first collection of poetry titled Scattered Light, ...

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Top Ten Children's Book Publishers

I decided it was time for another Top Ten List. So, here we go... **Links updated 10/16/2015** Top Ten Children's Book Publishers that ...

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How to Write an Email Query Letter or Submission

How to Write a Query Letter for Email Submissions So, you've written a masterpiece children's book and you want to send ...

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1st Ever Kindred Poetry Challenge

It's time for the 1st ever Kindred Poetry Challenge! This is an Instagram exclusive. Here's how this is going to work: ...

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Top Ten Children’s Books of the 2000’s

Top Ten Children’s Books of the 2000’s

There are literally thousands of new children’s picture books flooding the market every year. Everyone seems to think that creating one is easy. Even well known celebrities can’t seem to fight the allure of writing one. It is only 32 pages, right? Well, usually that’s true, but a story with merely 500-1000 words still must…

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Does Good Writing Matter?

The question in the headline for this post is the heading of an online survey I came across recently. I’ve reproduced the survey questions below and answered them based on my own opinions. Complete the survey yourself, and then compare your responses with mine. 1. Do you judge other people based on their writing? Yes,…

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Poem of the Day – When Pain Dims the Light

When pain dims the light you will see my face no more. When affection is lost in the night I will be left outside your door. When the pain blurs your sight and love is all that you see you will look within yourself, but you will never see me. © Jason JG Carnrike

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5 Cases of “Which”/“That” Confusion

Perhaps you are confused by grammatical discussions of restrictive and nonrestrictive — or essential or nonessential — clauses. (I know I can never keep those terms straight.) Never mind the nomenclature; when you’re editing your own writing, or someone else’s, simply read the phrase that follows a which (or who) or a that and determine…

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Poem of the Week – Unsilenced

Unsilenced Your face was soft, like a cloud of smoke. Your hands froze the world in a single stroke. Your eyes were the light at the end of the storm. Your arms were the blanket that kept me warm. The sound of your heart made planets collide. The touch of your lips changed the pace…

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A Poem a Day – Blackberry Night Descends

Oh, blackberry night how you deceive. Blackberry night why must you leave? We picked and searched through fields of scent. We loved and laughed through night’s descent. A blackberry night, it came and it went as we followed the trails that twisted and bent. I held your hand close as you tasted the taste of…

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Which Writers Inspire You?

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s likely to fall flat when extended to emulating a favorite author’s writing style. That said, studying one’s favorite writers for inspiration can be productive. I would never attempt to copy the writing style of Patrick O’Brian, whose gifts I discussed in this post. In his…

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Poem of the Day – And the Sun

The tide knows nothing but to pull and break. Just as time lingers on for the seasons to take. And the moon teases softly the night that longs for grace. Its kiss is quick yet bottomless before it slips beneath God’s lace. I know the tide will drift and die and each swift season will…

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Submit Your Work for Poem of the Week

In honor of National Poetry Month I’m going to be selecting one poem per week to be displayed as a sticky to the front page of JasonCarnrike.com for that week. The poem can be on any topic, rhyming or not. Use the form below to submit your best work for consideration. [contact-form-7 id=”72″ title=”Untitled”] Keep…

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