Seven Tips to Tackle Writer’s Block

Seven Tips to Tackle Writer’s Block, written by Brittany Eden

Introduction: Tackle Writer’s Block

I personally don’t believe in writer’s block.

If that is a shock to you, I’m sorry, but I don’t. I believe writing comes from who we
are—somewhere deep inside that’s beautiful and deep and sometimes scary—and if there aren’t words as a result of sitting down and looking at a blank page, I think it’s because the story us storytellers are supposed to explore is hidden. We might, in fact, be hiding ourselves from it, because it may be too difficult. Or, it might be that we’re ignoring the words we should be writing and trying to tell a story others say we should.* But that sounds like a downer, and I’m writing this for you because your story matters!

I believe you have words if you’re meant to tell them. Distractions, on the other hand, are quite real. In our creative minds, or from without. So how can we tap into a flow of creativity and find a way to type it all out? My starting suggestion is this: don’t believe the lie. If there is a reason my creativity feels lacking, or stunted, or struggling, it’s not the fault of the words, it’s that my heart needs attention. We’re wells and our souls need to be filled. So if, after attending to that, you still want some oomph, here’s a list of tricks that have helped me on this creative journey!

Tips to Tackle Writer’s Block

1. Music

I like to think of myself as the Queen of playlists. My word, I have playlists for
all the story ideas I’m not allowed to write (because time, sigh) and it’s my primary way of creating vibes. For me, I think of playlists as a start to an OST (Original Soundtrack), even as specific as thinking of which songs would play in the credits, which work in the opening montage, which work with what scene, etc. A song might even represent a theme! There’s something really powerful about the connection of music with shows and movies—which I think we all appreciate—and though having music with books isn’t a thing (though in some audio dramas it can be!) there’s something valuable in creating entire story vibes that FEEL different from each other. Even if it might be books within a series! Also, as a perk, I’ve used my playlists for my street team (they get access to my writing playlist) and for pre-order goodies, and in the character lists I sent to my audiobook narrator. All the good things!


2. Music Continued

Here’s the thing about our brains. We like repetition. Now, I’m married to a science-guy (which makes our perspectives on the size and shape of the world vastly different…he’s all literal and I’m all existential/historical/poetic) and he always jokes about Pavlov’s Dog and how certain things switch on in our brains to do the same thing over and over again. I’ve adapted this weird-science-factoid into something head-in-the-clouds me can use. For certain scenes in a manuscript, I have a specific song on repeat while first drafting it. Sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right song, but once I have it, when I’m editing and proofing the book later, through any number of drafts, I put the SAME SONG on for the SAME SCENE OR CHAPTER. It instantly returns me to the feeling I was aiming for. This is hard to overstate for my current writing life right now, where I’m simultaneously revising a first draft of one story while also looking at a final version of another nearly published story, while also jumping back to a finished and edited (but currently not-contracted) manuscript with random tweaks and ideas. Gracious, at this point when I write email newsletters I also listen to a single song on repeat, depending on my emotions and mood for the letter.*

3. Try Fast Drafting

To me, fast drafting is writing something I can edit. That’s my goal: finish a draft so I have a complete story to start fixing. Obviously, I’m a write and discover the story type person; however, I don’t enter into fast drafting without a plan. First, for quick reference in this process, I write out chapters with their chapter titles (yes, I’m one those too), and make the whole chapter a main heading in the document so I can
see it in the navigation pane. I put a clue or scene setting in brackets beside the chapter heading, and this process allows me to do to my favorite thing: write out of order.

The reason I start with these chapter titles and clues is because then whenever I get inspiration for dialogue, or setting, or anything, I simply write that in the relevant location in the document. Not only do the chapter clues qualify as a sort of plotting (yay me!) they are also a simple way to organize ideas without formatting them or avoid having random notes get lost. And we write quicker when the random idea strikes, so this fast drafting setup allows me that too. But whatever order you do it in, give yourself freedom to write without stopping to google, without plans if necessary, and fly through those chapters to get yourself a first draft without researching the right word or miniate that tend to bog some of us down! Write fast, don’t look back.

4. Watch Your Favorite Movie or TV Series and Take Notes

I have pages upon pages of notes from whenever I watch TV. Anytime I watch anything, I tend to sit there after with a notepad and jot down the most random, gorgeous, atmospheric things that may or may not have a place in any current writing projects but it’s just a place where the inspiration strikes! Once I noticed that happening, I took it a step further. I’ve got scene breakdowns and episode breakdowns and story arcs for a few of my favorite shows and movies, and I’ve tried to use the bare bone facts of the HOW it happens and WHEN it happens really carefully. Not to overemphasize formula, but there are beats and types of scenes that just work. I’ve really enjoyed the process of breaking down what I was initially swept away into. It doesn’t make me appreciate it less, I love it more. Find a cute pen and give it a try!

5. Hone the Pinterest Vice

Because, I love Pinterest. And I’m a vibe person, a mood writer, a lover of stories with swoon and heart-achy tension and funny awkward heart-eye moments and cinematic settings in grand skyfilled expanse or lensflare-small scale. MOOD IS MY THING. Now yes, I could be the worst of offenders in terms of time-to-value ratio of Pinterest use. But when I got focused, and used it as a tool for story, it really started working. When in the throes of first-idea love of a story that hasn’t
got any lines written yet (you know, the ones with that image in your mind of a hesitant threshold, a billowing shirt, a slant of light that will reveal SOMETHING) and you just know you want this story to feel and look a certain way? That’s a great time to do some focused pinteresting! I don’t let myself browse—that’s the time-suck—but rather, I force myself to think of motifs, items, furniture, cities, scenes, actors, movies, landscapes, textures, that make up the aesthetic of what the story feels like while it lies yet untold inside me.

I’ve even made poetry Pinterest boards, boards that are still secret (sorry!) and later,
during book marketing, it’s nice to have a curated board to use as inspiration for making graphics or to share with someone who wants to know what your book is about! (Hearts is a good example) The rule? Less is more. Make them as short as possible. My favorite poetry board is only six images

6. Read

Now this may sound brokenrecordredundant, but being completely honest here, I
read more than I write. I always have. Email me at if you
need to find a great new book.

7. Wait

This may sound crazy, but you know when the inspiration strikes you? When you
get a scrap of dialogue or a snippet of scenery? Well, I get that a lot, but as a mom of three I don’t usually get to decide when to sit down and soak in the vibes and get the words down. I have to wait. I don’t know anyone who loves the idea of waiting, but it’s one of those life things. It’s OKAY to stew and steep and percolate. I’ve come to believe, actually, that my best ideas are the ones I’ve kept waiting the longest. So, to encourage you for those times life or family or work and just things make you wait to do the writing so heavy on your heart, remember that you’re a writer! Your brain never stops and your soul is made for this. You won’t lose it, that feeling. Trust yourself to process and wade through those ideas and when you get a chance to explore them, rest assured your mind has been threading through them, all this time.****

Tips To Tackle Writer’s Block in Closing

So, really Brittany, you ask, what is it like to be a writer? Well, for me, I imagine it’s like being a painter who lovingly puts the same landscape to canvass, over and over. Or it feels like a dancer, moving to a rhythm they decide. Perhaps it’s the work of a photographer, taking endless pictures where no one sees anything of beauty. Or it sounds like the life a musician, who hears symphonies of songs in silence.

Writing is finding words to explain how we see the world. It’s creativity speaking our own language. World words, silent songs, captured beauty, perfect motion, loving strokes.

And you, dear writer, are meant to be heard.

Notes on To Tackle Writer’s Block

*I suggest Allen Arnold’s books as a great place to start if you feel stuck.
**Click here to sign up for my street team to have access to my writing music playlists, which I regularly update
***Click here to see a sneak peek at my seasonal newsletter and how I use Substack
****All these tips I’ve just given, ironically, can also serve to distract. Think of these things as tools, and probably don’t do them all at once. I personally keep my actual, set-aside writing time pretty precious, so I suggest keeping that routine and adding these tips elsewhere.

About the Author

A former Circus dweller, Brittany writes lyrical stories of heart transformation with a timeless, feminine voice.

Brittany Eden in Cape Town on Table Mountain.

You can find Brittany drinking tea, reading, and chasing her three kids, usually at the same time. If that fails, you’ll find her writing starcrossed romance with timeless endings or on Instagram as @brittanyedenauthor oversharing pictures of the scenery around her and her husband’s home in Vancouver, Canada, and commenting passionately about C.S. Lewis, K-Dramas, Wonder Woman, Bournville chocolate, and Irish tea.

Brittany’s fascination with Wonderland may have given her the courage to exclusively use a sparkly Cinderella book bag while completing her First Class Honours degree in Greek & Roman Civilization and Political Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She’s travelled to over twenty-five countries and has walked the Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Acropolis in Athens, Table Mountain in Cape Town, and Ipanema in Rio. And she truly once lived in a Circus.

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Interview with Author Miriam Wade

Miriam Wade, a resident of Minnesota, is an author and stay-at-home-mom. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys bicycling, playing video games, and hanging out with her cat. Self-described as creative, impatient, and confident, Miriam writes both multi-faceted fantasy and poetry. She currently has poems featured in several anthologies as well as the first two novels in her debut series One Sword Saga currently available to readers. Learn more about the first book in the series, Rise of Knight and Sword, in last week’s book spotlight feature here. Let’s give Miriam a round of applause as we welcome her to the blog!

Author Miriam Wade.

Welcome Author Miriam Wade!

Q) Hi Miriam, and welcome to The Unicorn Writer’s Blog! To get started, please describe your writing in 5 words.

A) Bold, sublime, effortless, whimsical, spirited.

Q) Who will enjoy your writing?

A) Readers who enjoy the grounded friendship in Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige’s The Ravens, the enthralling mystery in Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, as well as readers seeking a read like Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House for a younger audience.

Miriam’s One Sword Saga Series

Q) Can you tell us about your works currently available to readers?

A) Currently, I have two novels available as part of my series One Sword Saga. The series is Arthurian legend reimaged in a steampunk fantasy world at the height of the 1920’s. Follow Guinevere on her quest to find Excalibur in a land filled with dinosaurs, airships, and bounty hunters. The first book is called Rise of Knight and Sword and the second is Clash of Love and Realm. I also have poetry in several different anthologies.

More About the Author

Q) What are three of your favorite books and why?

A) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie, and Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer. All three of these books are engaging, have flawed but relatable characters, and are fun to read.

Q) Do you incorporate similar themes or favorite tropes across your writing?

A) One of the tropes that is in my current series as well as my upcoming novel is found family.

Q) Speaking of tropes, what is your favorite bookish trope?

A) Rivals to lovers.

Q) Who is someone that inspires you?

A) There are a lot of indie authors who inspire me including Sara M. Schaller, Jessika Grewe Glover, and Gabrielle McMaster.

Q) If you could meet any author, living or not, who would it be and why?

A) Rebecca Schaeffer. I really enjoy her writing style.

Miriam’s Current Projects

Q) Can you tell us about your current writing projects?

A) I have two novels in the publication process currently. The first is the third book in the One Sword Saga, Shadow of the Crown. The second is a new project, The Woman of Blythe Manor, the first book of a duology releasing through SnowRidge Press next year.

Shadow of the Crown Synopsis

Avalon, city of kings, boasts a skyline adorned with sky towers and airships, while its parklands are inhabited by roaming dinosaurs. But darkness hides in the shadows.

After Arthur united the realm, Avalon is poised for peace. The newlywed king is eager to build a bright future for the kingdom.

But peace is fleeting. The sorted histories of Arthur’s knights resurface, and trouble is brewing with Berry, a neighboring kingdom. The scars of previous conflicts have yet to heal, and both sides are facing a crisis.

Will Arthur and his knights be able to make amends with Berry, or is it too late to right the wrongs? Will the shared histories of the knights work in their favor, or will their differences lead to division? Find out in Shadow of the Crown, the third installment of the One Sword Saga. Return to Avalon and rejoin the Knights of the Round Table as they press on towards the future while their pasts refuse to stay in the past.

The Woman of Blythe Manor Synopsis

Welcome to Bramblewood Bay, where paranormal activity is the norm.

For Luanna Underwood, it’s home. After a decade away, she’s back to perform with the local ballet company. But soon she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly mystery.

Alongside her childhood best friend Caesar and his college roommates Gavin and Damien, Luanna must uncover the truth behind the haunting of Blythe Manor and confront the ghosts of their pasts. With her ability to speak with the departed, Luanna must navigate the secrets and lies that the town has been hiding for years.

Will they unravel the mystery, or will it stay buried in the town’s past? Join Luanna in this gripping tale of paranormal mystery and personal redemption.

Miriam’s Advice to Other Authors

Q) What advice can you share with other authors?

 A) Rejections aren’t personal. As long as you enjoy what you write, then you should keep writing. Writing is art and art is subjective.

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Rise of Knight and Sword by Miriam Wade

Rise of Knight and Sword: A Book Spotlight

Rise of Knight and Sword by Miriam Wade is book one in the award-winning One Sword Saga series. These books reimagine Arthurian legend in a steampunk fantasy world at the height of the 1920’s. Follow Guinevere and her crew as they face off against smugglers, wild dinosaurs, hidden motives, and mistrust.

Book Blurb

Avalon, city of kings. Sky towers and airships dominate its skyline, dinosaurs roam freely throughout its parklands, and bounty hunters lurk in its shadows.

Guinevere has always lived on the outskirts of Avalon, working as an archivist in the central library. While corruption runs rampant throughout the city, her life is fairly mundane and predictable. That is, until she discovers the map to Excalibur and uncovers a plot to usurp the throne.

Finding herself on the run from these would-be king-slayers, Guinevere sets out to find the mythical sword. But with no one to trust and no where to hide, she must form an uneasy alliance with a pair of notorious bounty hunters.

“My future, and the future of Avalon are forward.”

Cover of Rise of Knight and Sword by Miriam Wade.

Praise for Rise of Knight and Sword

“My jaw was wide open and my excitement increased with pleasure as I kept reading each page… Our teen book club will be in a frenzy for this book.”

— Megan S., Librarian

“Wade’s debut novel is definitely a refreshing take on an old-literary favorite.”

— K. T. Egan, Author of All You Hold On To

“…like a Studio Ghibli story mixed with the Mandalorin.”

— Frances R., NetGalley Reviewer

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I am so excited to read Rise of Knight and Sword by Miriam Wade in the near future. An Arthurian inspired fantasy tale focused on Guinevere? Paired with dinosaurs, political intrigue, and an important quest? Yes, please!

I love stories that are unique and whimsical, and based on the reviews so far, this book promises to be just that. Once I mark this title off my TBR (to be read list), I will share my full review with everyone.

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Fortified by V. Romas Burton: Book Review

Fortified by V. Romas Burton, the first installment of The Legacy Chapters, is a beautiful coming of age young adult fantasy novel with poignant lessons for readers. Devora’s story teaches the importance of letting go of our own plans to pursue God’s greater plan for our lives. It also shows that through God’s grace and love we can always strive to become better versions of ourselves.

Book cover of Fortified by V. Romas Burton. Black and purple background with white text and gold crown.

Book Summary of Fortified by V. Romas Burton

Devora can only categorize her stones in one order. She believes this is undeniable proof that she is meant to attend Vlacklear Academy and become a scholar. However, Devora’s perfect future shatters when the king changes the color orders the day of her Categorization Call. Instead of attending Vlacklear Academy, she is sent to the Fortress to train among criminals to become a soldier in the king’s army. Her life plans uprooted paired with no more access to herbal tea to suppress her secret abilities as a Seer, Devora wonders if Tunri has forsaken her.

When Devora’s Seeing abilities are inevitably exposed, she’s thrown into a tournament to win her right to live. She must turn to Captain Blake, the right-hand man of the ruthless warden of the Fortress, for help or be slaughtered like all the other Seers before her.

My Thoughts on Fortified by V. Romas Burton

In short, this book is phenomenal. Fortified follows Devora as she comes into her own on her unexpected journey. She learns that Tunri’s plan was better and that without it she wouldn’t have found several blessings. Likewise, we can apply Devora’s lesson to our own lives. It is important to trust in God’s plan even when it goes against our own vision.

In addition to the book’s themes, the world-building is unique. The tournament Devora participates in to win her life is reminiscent of some popular series but stands on its own. Fans of both Divergent and Hunger Games will enjoy this fantasy story with the addition of the tournament. Readers who enjoy fantasy worlds with positive female friendships, enemies to lovers romance tropes, and a good balance between a character-driven plot and high-stakes action will love Fortified by V. Romas Burton. Plus, the clean romance sub-plot brings all the swoon!

Final Remarks

In closing, I readily give Fortified by V. Romas Burton 5-stars. Young readers and adult readers alike will fall in love with Devora, Captain Blake, and the rest of the cast. You can order your copy of Fortified today from your favorite book retailer including Amazon. Be sure to also request a copy at your local library, too.

Learn more about author V. Romas Burton by checking out this blog post in which she was interviewed by The Unicorn Writer.

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Interview with Author Nathaniel Luscombe

Nathaniel Luscombe stands with an umbrella in front of a waterfall.

Author Nathaniel Luscombe, who lives in Ontario, Canada, writes poems, short stories, and novellas. In addition to writing, he is working toward his degree in Business Marketing and he works as a string instrument wholesaler. In his free time, Nate likes to play Roblox with his siblings, listen to music, and shop (mostly for books). Self-described as creative, energetic, and loud, he likes to experiment in his writing, but enjoys weaving themes of truth and forgiveness within his story worlds. Let’s welcome Nate to today’s show!

Welcome Author Nathaniel Luscombe!

Q) Hi Nate! To get started, describe your writing style for readers.

A) It’s descriptive, poetic, wandering prose.

Q) Who will enjoy your stories and poems?

A) I think my stories are for anyone looking for a short, creative escape from reality. I love writing shorter things, and I know a lot of people are too busy to read thick novels. I think “The Planets We Become,” for example, holds almost as much of a punch as a long novel.

Works by Nathaniel

Q) Can you tell us about your works currently available to readers?

A) The two main books that I push on people are “The Planets We Become” and The Ones with Gilded Bones. The Planets We Become is one of my favorite things I’ve published so far. It first appeared in All the Vacant Places, but it’s now available as its own little paperback. It’s a science fiction short story about a girl on a planet who has to break a cycle of abuse. I really poured myself into it. The Ones with Gilded Bones is my longest published work so far. It’s a fantasy novella about two girls who begin to unlock the dark history of their island. It involves ships, lighthouses, jellyfish, and magical water creatures.

Aside from those, I’m in many anthologies. My favorite short story in an anthology would have to be “Distant Love” in Aphotic Love (run by Effie Joe Stock). It’s about a cult in space and two young people who want freedom. I’m also in What Darkness Fears and Fool’s Honor (run by Anne J. Hill and Lara E. Madden), The Depths We’ll Go To and The Heights We’ll Fly To (run by Alex Silvius), Among Other Worlds (run by me) and Sea Among Stars (run by me and Cheyenne van Langevelde), and some other anthologies. Too many to list! But if you check out my page on Goodreads, you can see them all there.

Books, Books, Books

Q) What was your most recent 5-star read and why?

A) I’m going to include my last two. They’re both books I hesitate to recommend here because of some of the content, but I’ll do it anyways. I’ve been in a huge sci-fi mood lately. Mostly because of my WIP (which I explain later in the interview). My two last five stars were back to back. It was Dead Station by Aaron Beardsell and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Both of these are opposites in the sci-fi genre. One is space horror and the other is space…exploration and building friendships and a war, but it’s so beautiful. I want to write some scary, yet comforting science fiction. These both encapsulate my goal as a writer.

Themes and Tropes

Q) Do you incorporate similar themes or favorite tropes across your writing?

A) At this point in my life, I’m a very experimental author. I’m playing around with a lot of genres and characters and seeing how it goes for me. It’s a lot of fun! I think I most often include themes of forgiveness and finding truth/freedom. Those are two themes I find very important.

Q) Speaking of tropes, what is your favorite bookish trope? What about least favorite?

A) I am a simple person. My favorite trope is probably forced relationship (whether platonic or romantic) in any context. It could be two people that hate each other having to travel across a fantasy wasteland to save their world, or two people getting into an arranged marriage. The dynamics and exploration of relationships is so much fun. My least favorite trope is the misunderstanding trope. When characters do bad things based on assumptions that are wrong, I want to throw the book across the room. Always talk to the other person before making rash decisions.

But Wait, There’s More!

Q) Will you tell us about your current writing project?

A) I’m currently working on a sci-fi novella. It’s sitting at around 25k [words] right now, but I’m rewriting it before I write the end because I changed my mind part way through and I want to make sure I know the full story before I write the ending. It’s probably the thing I’m most proud of at this point in my life. It’s connected to “The Planets We Become,” and I get to further explore my desert planet and the broken people that live on it. It very much explores the concept of freedom and it involves me giving a lot of power to one character and letting them go wild with it. It has been such a joy to write.

Q) If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be and why?

A) “Add to the Beauty” by Sara Groves. It’s a beautiful song about adding to the beauty with everything you do. As a Christian, I believe that God created us to also create. In everything I do, I want to show His love and use my gift to reflect Him.

Nate’s Advice to Other Authors

Q) What advice can you share with other authors?

A) Create for yourself first. I went through a phase where I wanted to write something that would sell so I mapped out this basic fantasy and started writing it. It sent me into a writing slump because not even the potential of sales could get me interested in it. I think that I have to write the stories I want to see on my shelves, and currently I’m looking to fill some niche gaps on my shelves. That might limit my reach, but it makes me so happy to create in that way.

Closing Remarks

Q) Is there anything else you would like to add?

A) I want to thank you for asking me to be a part of this! Also, if you’re a reader looking to make some people very happy, consider supporting indie authors! Whether its requesting our books at libraries or buying them for yourself…or even telling people about us, we’re grateful for everything! It’s because of supporters like you that we’re even able to do this.

Connect with Author Nathaniel Luscombe

Readers can connect with author Nathaniel Luscombe on both Instagram (@hecticreadinglife) and TikTok (@nathanielluscombeauthor). Order your copy of The Ones with Gilded Bones here, and order your copy of “The Planets We Become” here.

Interview with Author Karen Ferguson

Author Karen Ferguson, creator of Guess How Much God Loves You, is joining us today for an interview! Though originally from the Pacific NW, Karen lives in Tennessee where she enjoys spending time with family. Self-described as friendly, generous, and compassionate, she also dabbles in music including voice and piano. Let’s welcome Karen, now!

Welcome Author Karen Ferguson!

Author Karen Ferguson centered in photo.

Q) Welcome Karen! I absolutely adored your book Guess How Much God Loves You. What was your inspiration for writing this children’s book?

A) Thank you Kayla! There were several sources of inspiration, including one of my very favorite books to read to my girls when they were young, the classic Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. As I brainstormed book ideas, I got to thinking that while it’s important for children to know that the special adults in their lives love them, it is also important for them to know that God loves them. This is where the title twist came in.

But my main motivation was to provide a godly alternative to what I was seeing on mainstream bookshelves. Children are so impressionable and unfortunately they are bombarded with ungodly messages every day, in ways that would have been unbelievable just ten years ago when I was raising my girls. I wanted to be part of the solution and create something dynamic, fun, and creative – grounded in the truths of the Bible – for parents and grandparents to share with the special children in their lives. Something I’d feel good about sharing with my own grandson and future grandkids. 

To do that I knew the book would have to be longer and more complex to cover the deep truths of the Bible, but presented in a simple way. That’s where the series came in.  

Guess How Much God Loves You is a book series young readers can grow with, spiritually and in their reading skills. And it’s not just a regurgitation of Bible facts. It’s part of a larger story that kids will relate to, as it teaches them about important Biblical accounts. It’s meant to inspire young readers’ imaginations, to engage their creative minds, and to promote a love and respect for the Bible. More than anything, it’s meant to drive the truth home that their life matters. That every life matters to God.

While Lucy’s character was inspired by several people, Papa Joe is modeled after my own dad who went home to be with the Lord in 2019.

Guess How Much God Loves You by Author Karen Ferguson and Earth Month

Q) I think Guess How Much God Loves You is a great book for parents, teachers, and church leaders to read with their little ones anytime, but I think you and I both agree it is also very pertinent with the upcoming Earth Month in April. Can you tell us in your own words how Lucy’s journey in this book can help children when learning about our world during Earth Month?

A) I have a background in K-8 education, and was never a fan of the emphasis on macroevolution and mother earth within the public school system. I am thrilled to be able to present a godly alternative to young readers, one that is grounded in God’s truth in the Bible.  

Lucy begins her journey exploring how this marvelous, majestic world was created intentionally by God the Creator, who spoke this world into existence and called it good. Who created people in His image, and for a good purpose. Humans didn’t evolve from apes, and the world wasn’t created through random processes. 

This is a very different narrative from what kids are being taught these days, and I’m grateful I can offer it through this book. This first book in the series will help parents, grandparents, and teachers instill God’s perspective on this earth, and the people in it. When kids realize they were created in God’s image and given responsibility to care for this beautiful earth, it gives meaning to their lives and will help foster a sense of respect for the earth. Respect for all of God’s creation.

The book covers each day of Creation so there are tons of opportunities to reinforce Earth Month by learning about things like the oceans, sea and land animals, trees, and flowers. I know you created a wonderful activity about light! I will have several to share as well, which can be found on my website or by signing up for my newsletter.

There’s Going to Be A 7-Book Series!

Q) I know readers and myself need to know: Will there be more adventures starring Lucy and Papa Joe? What biblical lessons can we look forward to learning about in future books in this series?

A) Oh yes, many more adventures! In fact, I recently signed another contract with Ambassador International for the second book in the series. 

The intent is for a seven book series with each one covering a Bible account important to building an understanding of God’s character and His never changing, never failing, never ending love! These books will be fun, creative tools for parents, grandparents, librarians, and teachers to provide a solid biblical foundation for young readers.  

This first one covers the Creation Account, after that you’ll see the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the Exodus and more. I want children to understand these are not just stories about fictional characters but historical accounts about real, relatable people. People who experienced God’s power, love, and faithfulness in amazing ways. Most importantly, I want to point young readers to Jesus!

More About Author Karen Ferguson

Q) What song would be your life’s theme song?

A) Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship. The lyrics are rich, and remind me of where I came from, and who I am in God’s eyes. I went through a rebellious stage as a teenager that went hand-in-hand with a distorted sense of identity. It’s taken a few years to walk into the freedom God has always had for me, but by His grace, I know who I am in Him now, and that’s all that matters.

Favorite Bible Verse

Q) Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

A) I have quite a few! There are many go-to verses I’ve collected over the years that bring me hope, encouragement, and strength in different seasons, but I’ll go back to the first one that really hit home years ago, and which I’ve since had tattooed on my ankle. Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.” 

When I rededicated my life to Jesus, I realized what had been missing from my life: His Word. I didn’t know its power because I hadn’t spent time in it. This verse was my reminder to make it a priority, for it’s through His Word we find revelation and relationship. 


Q) Who is someone that inspires you?

A) Besides my husband and beautiful daughters, I’ll have to say one of my very favorite authors, Francine Rivers. I had the pleasure of meeting with her one-on-one at a writer’s conference several years ago, and was so impressed by her calm, genuine, and generous demeanor. 

I’m always impressed by people who enjoy great success but don’t let it change them. Francine is such a talented writer, and has achieved a level of success I hope to achieve someday, but she didn’t seem to be overly focused on outcomes, outward appearances, or even the whole social media scene. In fact, she told me not to worry too much about platform building in the beginning of my career, but to focus most of my energies on the writing craft, learning how to be the best writer I can be. 

She’s a believer that if writers do this first and entrust their journey to the Lord, He will help build their platform. There’s no doubt, platform building is an important piece of the writing journey, but developing the skills to write something worth reading and sharing is just as important.

Writing Goals

Q) What is your primary goal in writing?

A) Good question! I’ve written in many forms and for different audiences over the last twenty years, but now that I’ve narrowed my niche to children’s books, my primary goal is to write stories that grab and hold young readers’ attentions, teaching them all about God’s unchangeable truths, and His unchanging love for them. I want every child to know their life matters. 

Interesting Fact

Q) Do you have an interesting fact about yourself you would like to share with readers?

A) Hmmmmm, perhaps I’ll share an experience instead. I used to study martial arts, including the Japanese sword – passionately! It was a unique martial arts school in that it was Christian-based, grounded in the Word of God, while focused on traditional self-defense techniques. Our whole family was enrolled at one point, which made the experience extra special. 

I will always have fond memories of those years. It was a time when I went deeper into God’s Word more than I ever had up to that point. I learned to stand on His Word as a true weapon of offense, like the Bible talks about in Ephesians 6. In addition, my physical fitness improved, my mental focus increased, and I developed a lot of courage as I stepped out of my comfort zone just about every week on the dojo floor, sparring against people of all ages and sizes, including 200 pound men! 

At the time, not everyone in my life understood how a martial arts school could be ‘Christian,’ but I’ve learned so long as something does not contradict God’s Word, He can use anything and anyone to grow us up in Him, when we seek Him with a sincere heart. 

Karen’s Advice to Other Authors

Be patient and enjoy the process. I know this sounds cliché, but it’s true. It really is a journey, and overnight success is rare. There is a lot of time and hard work involved in writing a book, but it should be enjoyable! 

I have also found it to be a powerful personal refining process. God has taught me many, many things about myself and Him along this writing journey that I don’t believe I would have learned otherwise. 

Closing Remarks

Q) Thank you so much for joining us today, Karen! Is there anything else you would like to add?

A) Yes, I have a link to a special, limited time offer for those who order the book directly from my website. They’ll enjoy a 20% discount off the hardcover retail price for a signed copy, plus free shipping and a digital workbook to share with their young readers. They can sign up for the promo code and all the information here: LIMITED TIME OFFER!

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Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson: Book Review

Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson

Happy Saturday, my unicorn readers! March is flying by, and soon it will be April. One thing I love about the month of April is it is the month my great-grandmother was born. A second thing I love about April is that it is Earth Month! Everyone knows that Earth Month is important because our planet is our home, but even more important is knowing the story behind our wonderful home! Earth Month is a great opportunity to discuss big ideas with our children, including the Creation story from the Bible, and I am so excited about today’s book feature. In addition to a book review, I’ll be sharing a kid-friendly craft idea as well as a kid-friendly prayer connected to Earth Month and the creation of our amazing world!

About the Book

Book cover of Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson

Today, I have the opportunity to share a wonderful children’s picture book that I sincerely believe should be added to every public, church, and home library: Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson. Our world needs books that encourage children to seek answers rooted in Biblical truth, and Karen does a seamless job using inquisitive first-grader Lucy Lu and her Papa Joe, whose love for his grandchild and devout faith remind me so much of my own great-grandma, to show kids it’s okay to ask questions because asking questions is how we start to build our relationship with our Creator. Furthermore, the book teaches young people that they are created in God’s image with purpose and that God’s love is unconditional. 

Book Summary: Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson

Though only seven-years-old, Lucy is struggling with bullying which is sadly a big issue in today’s world, even for elementary students. Lucy’s classmates taunt her saying no one likes her, but is that true? Lucy’s Papa Joe likes her and he told Lucy that God loves her, too. And Lucy has some big questions about God like “Does God really love me?”

Following Lucy’s curiosity, Papa Joe shows Lucy his Bible and reads her the story of Creation. Lucy is transported into her grandfather’s reading, and in the end she has even more questions about God!

My Thoughts on Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson

This picture book, filled with beautiful illustrations by Kate Kutsenko, will engage young readers with scripture in an easily digestible manner. It teaches children that they are loved and will always be loved by God, and I love that it continues to encourage more questions about God at the end! Our children must be encouraged to seek him out, and Karen has given us a wonderful resource for helping our little ones cling to Scripture in a kid-friendly way.

Children will love hearing this story, looking at the pictures, and asking their own questions about God. And Christian parents, church leaders, and teachers will adore reading with their kids and delving into the Biblical story of Creation and starting a journey to understand God’s never-ending love through the perspective of seven-year old Lucy. This is an easy 5-star read and I am so thankful that it has a home in my personal library – I know when I am blessed to be a mom, I will be reading this one with my own little ones! I cannot wait to see what else Karen creates in what I hope to be a large series of picture books! 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:1-4, NIV

Craft to Pair with Karen’s Book

To further discussion and engagement with your kids and the Creation story during Earth Month, I highly suggest incorporating some at-home crafts in which the whole family can participate after reading Guess How Much God Loves You. Keep reading, for a short lesson and craft focused on do-it-yourself sun-catchers!

Discussion Questions for Guess How Much God Loves You

Karen includes some discussion questions you can ask your young reader at the end of her book, including “How many days did it take God to create the world?” Stemming from this question, you can break it down further and ask “What did God create on the first day?”

Help your little one remember that light was made on the first day! And encourage your child to ask questions and foster understanding that light is good. Light helps things grow, helps us see, and stay safe. It even helps us be happy! 


To further engage with the lesson that God created light on the first day of Creation, you and your family can create sun-catchers!

Supplies needed:

  • Coffee filter, markers (I recommend Crayola washable markers), paper or paper plate to keep markers from bleeding through coffee filter, tape, pipette/dropper (optional)Directions:
  1. Place 1 coffee filter on paper or paper plate (this will prevent marker bleed-through)
  2. Color whatever design you want!
  3. Make sure to encourage your little one to talk and ask questions as they work!
  4. Optional: splash water drops on your design and watch the colors blur together! You can use the pipette/dropper or even your fingertips!
  5. Once your coffee filter dries, hang up on your window with the tape of your choice (masking tape and/or painter’s tape will probably be the easiest to remove later!)

Enjoy your sun-catcher and your reminder that God created light on the first day of Creation! God also created us all and he loves us unconditionally; that means his love is never-ending! You can also wrap up craft time with the prayer below.


Have your child repeat each line after you:

Dear God,

Thank you for creating our world. 

Thank you for creating light on the first day.

Thank you for creating me!

Thank you for your never-ending love.

I know that you will always love me.



Let me know in the comments when you and your children read this amazing book! If you choose to do the craft, tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful sun-catcher creations (My handle is theunicornwriter93) 

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Inside Indie Publishing with Twenty Hills

Inside Indie Publishing is a new feature here on The Unicorn Writer’s blog this year. Today, we will learn more about indie publishing with our special guest Anne J. Hill. Anne is an indie author and operator of the small press Twenty Hills Publishing.

Twenty-Hills Publishing was started in 2021. Since its creation, several anthologies have been released with more exciting things in the works. It is a multi-genre publishing house that also offers editorial services. Let’s welcome the leader of Twenty Hills, Anne J. Hill.

Anne J. Hill in front of bookshelf.

Inside Indie Publishing: Background on Twenty Hills

Q) Anne, can you tell us what inspired you to start your own small business as a publisher?

A) I always planned to self publish my own novels and decided to run an anthology to practice the publishing process to see if it was something that I actually wanted to do. It turned out that I loved the process, and through a lot of work, was able to produce a quality book. I’ve always been someone to go the extra mile, so I figured, why not also publish books for other people too? So I officially opened my own small publishing company and our first novels will publish this year. I really wanted to create a space for authors to publish top-quality books while also having more input in their books than most bigger publishers will allow. 

Black and White logo for Twenty Hills.

Q) How would you describe Twenty Hills Publishing’s aesthetic in 5 words or less? 

A) Hope. Spooky. Mixed-genres. Magic. Raw.

Q) Who is someone that inspires you?

A) When it comes to books, Neil Gaiman, Michael J. Sullivan, N.D. Wilson, and Sarah Sutton are four of my favorite authors. The last two especially have been very inspiring and educational for my personal writing and for publishing. 

Twenty Hills Anthologies

Q) Please tell us about all the current anthologies from Twenty Hills.

A) Our biggest anthology collection is the Black and Gold Anthologies. Each of these has a unique theme all the content revolves around, were open for public submissions, and all have black and gold on the covers. The Never Tales is a duology anthology with Peter Pan inspired stories and poems. Book two comes out this summer. We also have Briars & Blood which is a novella and novelette collection of Beauty and the Beast inspired stories. And the Tales of Many are a collection of books with children’s stories.

Q) Do you have a favorite Twenty Hills anthology?

A) This is a tough one! I love all of them so much, but if I had to pick, What Darkness Fears and Fool’s Honor have special places in my heart. Possibly because they were the first two, but they both also have themes that I personally gravitate to as an author.

      Inside Indie Publishing: Working with Twenty Hills

      Q) In what ways can interested authors work with Twenty Hills?

      A) You can submit flash fiction, short stories, and poetry to our Freedom anthology! It is the last of our Black and Gold Anthologies and potentially our last one open to the general public for submission, at least for a long time. You can also keep your eye out for queries opening hopefully in a few months.

      [Visit Twenty Hills Publishing’s website here for more information on submitting.]

        The Growth of Twenty Hills

          Q) Twenty Hills recently expanded their editorial team and brought on interns. Can you tell us more about your growth as a business? 

          A) We haven’t been around for very long but things are already picking up. We have a handful of novels on their way, and also more anthologies. I have been doing the bulk of the work and we’ve grown to outfit a one-woman show. So we’re thrilled to have a handful of solid editors and interns to help share the work and bring you even better quality books. 

            What’s on the Horizon for Twenty Hills

            Q) What are your goals as a publisher within the next 12 months? What are your goals beyond that time frame?

            A) We’d love to open queries by then. We have a handful of anthologies releasing, and our first novels and books by one author releasing this year. We’d love to expand our marketing and learning whatever we can. 

            Inside Indie Publishing: Advice

            Q) What advice would you give someone who wants to start their own business?

            A) Do your homework. But also, don’t be afraid to jump in. You will always make mistakes and wish you’d done something different no matter how much you prep beforehand. Don’t be afraid to ask people with more experience questions. It takes a weird combo of humility and confidence to run your own business. 

              Q) What advice would you give authors who hope to work with a publisher instead of pursuing self-publishing?

              A) Clean up your manuscript as much as you possibly can before querying. Get alpha and beta readers. Hire an editor if you can afford it. Do your homework to make sure the publisher is legit before you send off your whole novel to them. When it comes time to edit, pick your hills to die on. Remember, a good editor is trying to take your manuscript to higher levels. They aren’t stifling you. Sit back, mull over the edits, and then see if you feel differently about them. But also keep in mind: just because an editor pointed it out, doesn’t mean you have to blindly accept it. 


                Q) Thank you, Anne, for being here today and allowing us to see “Inside Indie Publishing” and learn more about Twenty Hills. Is there anything else you would like to add?

                A) For more info, check out our website and follow us on Instagram.

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                  Interview with Author Jennifer Bosma

                  Author Jennifer Bosma, who wrote I Know the Plans, is joining me today for an interview! I absolutely adore her picture book, and I’m excited to learn more about her. In case you missed the spotlight and review of her book last week, you can find it here.

                  Author Jennifer Bosma sits in blue chair outside.

                  Living in Georgia, author Jennifer Bosma worked as a teacher for twenty-three years. Since retirement, she has continued to serve through her work as a children’s author, blogger, and with her involvement in pro-life women’s ministry. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family which includes her two precious granddaughters. She also likes exercising and traveling. Fun fact: Jennifer has walked with lions while traveling in Zimbabwe! She also once applied to be on the television show Survivor.

                  Check out today’s interview with Jennifer below!

                  Q) Welcome Jennifer! To get started, please describe yourself in three words.

                  A) Enthusiastic, Jesus-Loving, and Outgoing.

                  Q) For some background, how long have you been writing?

                  A) Since I was in 4th grade – 46 years.

                  Q) How would you describe your writing style?

                  A) Easy to read, Engaging, and Life Affirming.

                  Q) Tell us, how does your faith intersect with your writing?

                  A) Before blogging, I seek Jesus and ask for his help in all of my blogposts. It is so cool to see Jesus take the direction when I sit down to write the message He wants me to share in my blog. In my children’s books, He gives me vision and then will help me to adapt the text to be engaging to children. It is a blessing to feel His presence as I write.

                  Q) Why is it important for children to have access to age-appropriate, faith-based books?

                  A) The world is quick to make books available that are contrary to the Word of God. We need to spotlight books like I Know the Plans that embed scripture into parents’ and kids’ hearts. Children need many Godly resources to counteract the lies of this world.

                  Q) Tell us about more I Know the Plans which released earlier this month.

                  A) I have 3 grown daughters and when they were small I learned several powerful scriptures that I incorporated in my nightly prayers with them. I spoke these scriptures to them constantly. Fast forward to the birth of my first granddaughter and her first day home. While holding her, I wanted to read to her, her first book ever. I was looking through the book choices and the idea for I Know the Plans was birthed.

                  Cover of the picture book I Know the Plans by author Jennifer Bosma. Complex illustration includes pastel rainbow, clouds, owl, large and small rabbite, and white flowers with yellow centers.

                  I decided I needed to write a book for this exact moment. It is a book filled with God’s plans (in His point of view) for a child and one of my favorite scriptures is on each page that matches the rhyming text. The illustrations are phenomenal with animal family habitat pictures from all of the continents except Antarctica. The animal illustrations will relate to all children across the world.

                  Q) What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

                  A) The scripture promises that are introduced on each page for both parents and children. I want children to understand that God has big plans for their life.

                  Q) Do you have other works available for readers? Any future books

                  A) Yes, my first book The Baby Garden is based on Jeremiah 1:5. It is the perfect book for a big brother or sister explaining where babies come from when their mom is pregnant. [The Baby Garden] is in over 300 pregnancy centers in every state. It shares that God has a plan for all babies. I have two more children’s books in the “wings” and two women’s books in cue.

                  Some of Jennifer Bosma’s Favorites

                  “I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

                  Jeremiah 29:11

                  Q) Who is someone that inspires you?

                  A) Lila Rose with Live Action.

                  Q) It seems we are nearing the end of our time together. To wrap up, what advice would you offer other authors?

                  A) Stick with it, don’t give up if you get rejection. It took me 26 years to get my first book published and when God opens up the timing, it’s perfect. Take the leap of faith when God calls.

                  Connect with author Jennifer Bosma!

                  Readers can learn more about Jennifer by visiting her website. You can also find her on Instagram.

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                  I Know The Plans by Jennifer Bosma: Book Review

                  I Know the Plans is a must read. Check out the post below to learn why!

                  Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) “Start children off on the way they should go,
                  and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

                  With the constant state of connection technology brings our children, it is so important to instill in them biblical truth. We must raise our children to cling to God rather than society. In order to provide a good foundation for our little ones, we must introduce God’s word in a child-friendly manner early on so they might understand. One way to aid us in this important endeavor is utilizing children’s books. And one such book we all should add to our home libraries for our kids is I Know the Plans by Jennifer Bosma.

                  Book Overview

                  Book cover of I Know the Plans; complex image with pastel rainbow and clouds in background. Illustrated rabbit and baby rabbit, post with owl on top of it, and white flowers with yellow centers.

                  I Know the Plans uses engaging rhyme paired with verses of Scripture to plant the seeds of God’s love in the hearts of little ones. Jennifer’s words paired with Beth Snider’s beautiful illustrations will engage young readers as they learn that God has a plan for their life.

                  Though targeted for Pre-K and primary students, I believe elementary students will also enjoy the poignant lessons woven in this sweet book. You and your family will want to pull this out again and again for read-alouds, and each time you will be reminded of the importance of listening for God’s guidance all your days.

                  My Review

                  This short, beautiful book is one I recommend for all home libraries. Parents, grandparents, church leaders, and teachers will love having I Know The Plans to share with the children in their lives. An easy 5-star read, I’ve already added it to my own shelves.

                  I Know the Plans released February 6, and is now available for purchase! You can order your own copy here.

                  Suggested Activity Pairing

                  Once reading I Know the Plans with your little one(s), break out paper and crayons! Challenge your child(ren) to draw a picture of their family. While they are drawing, remind them that parents help them always. One of the biggest ways parents help is by teaching about God’s love. Remind them that God loves them and created them for a purpose! With older children, go a step further and ask them what are some of the talents God gave them.

                  Share a photo of your child’s (or children’s) drawing on Instagram. Use the hashtag #Iknowtheplansdrawing23 so Jennifer and I can see them!

                  Preview for Next Week’s Post

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