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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Enemy is at the Door and on the Phone and on the Computer

Have you ever noticed how quiet the world is…until you put your fingers on the keyboard? Then a salesperson calls(or a bill collector). Then you get a text, then another text, then another. Then you remember that there are clothes in the dryer that need to be put away and a floor that needs vacuuming….

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5 Cases of Faulty Parallelism

Sentence construction is often compromised by simple errors involving a gratuitous comma or a missing conjunction, and often both. Here are five faultily constructed sentences shored up by correcting minor problems such as these. 1. “As a consequence, he said, he lost his job, his family, and has scraped by from one low-wage job to…

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Dust

A gracious wind blows, it stirs the dying ground. Bitter, cracked, and dry in wake of a drought left unbound. It swirls the parched remains of a life with lonely hue, so I’ll grind myself into dust and let the wind carry me to you. © Jason JG Carnrike 2013

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The Ruler of All Kings

“This way.” it says, the wind to the storm. “You are not but swells of anger beating on the shore. Come with me and spill your wrath with precision.” “I need you not.” it bellows, the storm to the wind. What are you that means to push with might you can’t claim as your own?…

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Take Nothing for Granted

Just when you think you know everything, you’re reminded that subtlety and nuance are part of even the most mundane information. It’s been said that facts are inconvenient things, but they’re especially vexing for writers, because there are facts, and then there’s what really happened. I just read today that a fellow named Gustave Whitehead…

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Book Spotlight: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If you don’t already know, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an endearing and very humorous children’s book written by Laura Numeroff in 1985, with Felicia Bond as the illustrator. The book was so popular that it eventually spawned the If You Give series, which included If You Give a Moose a Muffin,…

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3 Appositive Errors

Confusion often arises as to how or whether to punctuate appositive phrases, which are descriptions that identify someone or something named in the same sentence. Here are three statements with punctuation problems that illustrate the peril of improper punctuation, with explanations and suggested revisions. 1. “The fog arrived unannounced — ‘on little cat feet,’ as…

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50 Synonyms and Idioms for “Give”

It’s better to give than to receive, and it’s easier to precisely describe giving than receiving, thanks to numerous synonyms for give. Here are dozens of them, with connotative definitions. 1. Accord: to give what is due 2. Administer: to give medication, to perform a religious ritual, or to carry out a punishment 3. Afford:…

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